Wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has stated that Team India are eyeing nothing short of a win in the fourth T20I against West Indies to wrap up the five-match series. The penultimate game of the series is on Saturday (August 6) in Lauderhill, Florida. The Men in Blue currently lead the series 2-1.
Karthik also admitted that the they will have to quickly adapt to conditions in Florida, something they failed to do in the second T20I in St Kitts. The visitors’ only loss in the series came in the second match in St Kitts, when they were bundled out for 138 as Obed McCoy claimed 6 for 17. Speaking ahead of the fourth T20I, Karthik said about the India’s goals:
“Ideally, we would like to close out the series with a win. We all know how good West Indies is. But one of the key things being told to us is the fact that when we went to St Kitts, in the first game, we probably didn’t adapt to the conditions as quickly as we would have wanted.”
Dinesh Karthik continued:
“Here in Miami, we are going to try and make an effort to understand the conditions and then the situation and try to put up a good performance.”
“The wind will be a massive factor” – Dinesh Karthik on the challenge of playing in Florida
Karthik, who is auditioning for a place for the T20 World Cup, reckoned that wind will be a massive factor in the last two matches. India have played only four matches so far in this venue.
“In Miami, I think the wind will be a massive factor. Even though it is a sport which is played with a heavy ball, a lot of times, the wind dictates where you play the shots because it tends to carry to the fielders and not cross the boundary line. On the other hand, it helps you hit bigger sixes than what you have actually hit. It works both ways,” Dinesh Karthik concluded.