Mumbai. The batting legend Sunil Gavaskar is also impressed by the batting of Dinesh Karthik, who is in excellent form in the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gavaskar said that this experienced wicket-keeper batsman can play the role of finisher for the upcoming T20 World Cup Indian team. Karthik is fearlessly scoring runs for his new team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the current season of IPL.
Karthik, the former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, has played innings of 32, 14, 44, 7, 34 and 66 runs in this season during which he has a strike rate of 209.57 and an average of 197. Gavaskar said in a conversation with Star Sports, ‘He (Karthik) said that he wants to be a part of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. I want to say that you don’t look at his age, just look at what kind of innings he is playing.
Karthik turned the tide of the match by playing an unbeaten 66 off 34 balls against Delhi Capitals. During this, he scored runs easily against experienced Mustafizur Rahman and India’s young fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed. In this match, the team after recovering from difficult conditions scored 189 for 5 wickets and won by 16 runs and Karthik became the man of the match.
Gavaskar said, ‘Karti changed the course of the match with his performance. He is doing the same job as would be expected from a sixth or 7th order batsman in the T20 World Cup (October-November 2022). Karthik has played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20 Internationals for India. This 36-year-old player played his last international match for India against New Zealand in the semi-final of the ODI World Cup.