Dinesh Karthik notched the first half-century of his T20 international career and helped the team win the fourth T20I against South Africa on Friday. With that win, the series is now leveled at 2-2 with one game left to be played.
Dinesh Karthik said that he feels good and secure with the current setup in the India team. Karthik, after scoring a match-winning fifty in an 82-run victory over the Proteas, said that although things did not go as planned in the previous match, he had a great outing on Friday. He spoke about how he has progressed in assessing the situations while thanking his coach.
“Just feels good. I am feeling very secure in this setup. In the last game, things didn’t go according to plan, but I went and expressed myself today,” said Karthik during the interview on Star Sports.
I think DK is thinking a little better: Karthik
Karthik walked in with India struggling at 81 for the loss of four wickets in 12.5 overs. He scored a quickfire 55 of 27 balls and took India to a competitive total of 169. All-rounder Hardik Pandya also played a crucial hand with a knock of 46 off 31 balls, coming in at number five.
“I think DK is thinking a little better. He is able to assess situations better and that comes with practice. Credit to my coach. They bowled brilliantly upfront and made it tough for us,” said Karthik.
Karthik felt that it was a tough pitch to bat on as it was hard to score boundaries. He said that Hardik told him to take his time as he walked in to bat. He believes that it is important for experienced players to “stand up” on such pitches. India, after the win in Rajkot, took the five-match T20I series into the decider in Bengaluru, which will be played on June 19.
“It was a tough pitch to bat on. It was hard to hit boundaries. Our openers have usually been kind enough to get us off to good starts. When I went in Hardik told me to take my time. It was important that players who have been around for a long need to stand up on such pitches,” said Karthik.