Mumbai. Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik is performing strongly in the 15th season of IPL (IPL-2022). Meanwhile, former Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has praised Dinesh Karthik. Virat said that his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate Karthik has made a strong claim to return to the national team. Not only this, Karthik also said that he wants to be a part of Team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Playing as a finisher for RCB Dinesh Karthik Has scored 197 runs with an impressive strike rate of 209.57. He has been dismissed only once in six innings. He played an unbeaten 66 off 34 balls on Saturday as RCB beat Delhi Capitals by 16 runs.
In a conversation with Karthik on ‘iplt20.com’, Kohli said that it is a pleasure and an honor to see this wicket-keeper batsman perform brilliantly in the competition. Kohli said, ‘I am here with the best performer in this season of IPL, for me it is wonderful. I wouldn’t say ‘long it can go on’ because it will happen and you are in that position and I can feel it. It is an honor to see you bat again. Thank you for helping us win.
The former India captain said that South African legend AB de Villiers, who played such a role in the team for a long time, would also be proud of Karthik. He said, ‘I am very happy that DK (Karthik) is clear about his goal. I can definitely tell you that in T20 cricket you have not only influenced RCB but I am sure many people will be influenced by you at the international level as well. You have made a very strong claim (for the national team).
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Kohli further said, ‘You mentioned AB (de Villiers) and I think AB must be proud to see you sitting at your home in Pretoria and winning the match for us and winning.’
Karthik said, ‘It is a small target. So far I have played very well in the season. The big goal is to play for Team India and I know T20 World Cup is coming. I want to be a part of that team.
Karthik last played for India in the 2019 ODI World Cup. This 36-year-old player made his place in the national team several times after making his debut in 2004 and was dropped. He has played 36 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20 Internationals in his career so far.