Dinesh Karthik, who was left out for inexplicable reasons by Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri ahead of the 2020 T20 World Cup despite being one of the world’s best finishers, has thanked the current Indian team management for creating one of the best team environments he has ever been a part of and for not judging the players on an everyday basis.
When asked about the support he has received from Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, ahead of the 4th T20I between India and West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida, the 37-year-old told BCCI.TV:
“Extremely happy. This is what I have aimed for all my life. And for the captain and coach to show so much belief in me, it is only fair that I repay the faith by giving performances which will help the team. This is one of the happiest I have been part of the Indian team with the amount of love and affection that I have got not only from the team, from the fans but also the backing from the captain and the coach.
“I think I have said it a lot. And I will keep saying it. This is one of the best environments I have been in a team atmosphere because of the consistency and the continuity they seem to be giving players. They are not judged on an everyday basis. They are given a certain time limit and they are given the opportunities to fail. I think that’s very important to give the players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player.
“Because in India right now, there are so many players and the general tendency is to always feel that the one playing is always better than the one who has played the game. But here you get the feeling that you get value for what you have achieved over a period of time. A lot of credit to Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, and Rahul Dravid for having that mindset wherein they don’t get carried away by good looking players; they are able to understand what a player must have gone through on a given day to give a failure and back them and have the right conversation with them so that they can get the right performance and the right potential out of any given player.
“I think that is a very important facet to any team. The best of teams always maximise their players’ talent and that is one thing the current Indian team is doing well.”
- Dinesh Karthik in T20Is between 2017 and 2019: 251 runs at 50/156
- Dinesh Karthik in IPL between 2017 and 2019: 1112 runs at 40/145
- Dinesh Karthik in T20Is since 2017: 425 runs at 35/148
- Dinesh Karthik in IPL since 2017: 1834 runs at 33/146