Asia Cup 2022: Aakash Chopra Opens up on Dinesh Karthik’s Return to the Indian T20I Side
Asia Cup 2022: Former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has praised India’s wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik for proving his critics wrong and making a successful comeback to the Indian T20I team as well. However, he was forced his way back into the Indian side after his onslaught for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022. He has also been a regular face for the team as a finisher since his return and is also part of the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, taking place in the UAE from August 27.
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In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra stated that most cricket experts felt that Dinesh Karthik’s international career is done but he bounced back.
He added: “He is finished, he will not come now to play, how will he get a place now, this is a game of youngsters, a lot of people asked him to go home, that it’s over. In fact, I also felt what he is doing is not going to be possible. But as they say, one who dares never loses. One who doesn’t accept defeat, that player definitely wins. Dinesh Karthik the finisher, he has reinvented the wheel. The fire is burning, don’t let that fire extinguish. This story is not over yet.”
Dinesh Karthik has also mentioned that his main aim was to make a comeback to the Indian T20I side and he wants to help the team win their first T20 World Cup since their victory in the inaugural edition of the tournament as well. However, Chopra also shared that Karthik did not take the easy route to stage a comeback to the Indian team as well.
“He batted at different numbers but suddenly he realized that he doesn’t want to be in the top three to five batters although if you want to play for India the fastest route is that you get the Orange Cap, score a lot of runs in the IPL. The history of the Orange Cap shows that you will have to bat in the top three else you won’t get it. But he said no problem, he will chart a different course. He started batting down the order. Finishing is the most difficult job. Found a new wind as a very difficult thing. He is making you bowl where he wants you to bowl,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
Dinesh Karthik has enjoyed a good time since his comeback to the Indian team. The veteran has scored 192 runs in 13 innings at a decent strike rate of 133.33, which also included a couple of game-changing knocks.