“I’m 100% ready” says 38-Years old Dinesh Kartik

A spot in the Indian side for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024 is what Dinesh Karthik is hoping for.

Dinesh Karthik is holding out hope to be included in the Indian team for the next T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA, over two years after his last game played in the Indian uniform.

The 38-year-old, who last played in the T20 World Cup in 2022, has been playing incredible in the current Indian Premier League season.

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Karthik has scored 226 runs with a strike-rate of 205.45 and an average of 75.33 in six innings.

With just over a month till the T20 World Cup, Karthik has made a strong case for a call-up to the T20I squad after performing admirably in a finishing position for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.
There are a number of contenders vying to be India’s wicketkeeper on the team for the major tournament.

“I’m very, very keen to do so. There is nothing bigger in my life other than representing India in this T20 World Cup. I also feel there are three very, very stable, honest people who are at their helm to decide what should be the best Indian team for the World Cup. Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, and Ajit Agarkar. And I’m completely with them.

“I respect any decision that they take. But all I can say is I’m 100% ready. And you know I’ll do everything I can to be on that flight to the World Cup.” Said Dinesh Kartik as per quoted by ICC Official Website.

Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, and Jitesh Sharma have been India’s T20I wicketkeepers since 2023. A few more players, including as Karthik and Rishabh Pant, who is making a spectacular comeback to professional cricket following a serious injury in late 2022, are also in the running for a slot.

Karthik’s strength is his huge hitting in the final overs, which also helped him qualify for India’s previous Twenty20 World Cup run.

"I'm 100% ready" says 38-Years old Dinesh Kartik

“When I practice, I try and understand, okay, this is what they’re going to bowl at me. How am I going to get a boundary visualizing a field that is going to be in place for me?

“So I worked like that, and I worked backwards, and that’s helped me, you know, really learn a couple of shots more, you know, at the back end. It’s been great to go out there and express myself, and it’s been thoroughly enjoyable to do what I’m doing for RCB as a finisher.” Concluded Kartik.

With two fifties in six IPL games this season, the wicketkeeper-batter has once again shown off his ball-striking ability.

With the event just over a month away, the deadline for selecting the squads is drawing near, and Karthik will have a few more games to bolster his argument.

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