Virat Kohli : We wanted to give Dinesh Karthik a longer run

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Virat Kohli : We wanted to give Dinesh Karthik a longer run

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Virat Kohli has revealed that the Indian team management wanted Dinesh Karthik to get sufficient match time ahead of the Champions Trophy and were quite happy with the match performance. Karthik, too, said that he was relieved after the knock and was glad for the opportunity to showcase his skill.

In the first warm-up clash against New Zealand, Karthik looked out of sorts in the middle and couldn’t open his account. In the second match, however, against Bangladesh, when India were on 21 for 2, Karthik partnered Shikhar Dhawan to build the innings and scored and impressive 77-ball before being retired out. That seemed to excite Kohli and he hinted at an extended run for the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper in the line-up.

Speaking to Star Sports, Kohli said, "Both games we got what we wanted. Batsmen got runs, bowlers were outstanding as well. When the cloud cover comes in, it's difficult for the batsmen. Dinesh is an outstanding player, we just wanted to give him a longer run. We have ticked all the boxes in these games.” 

Considering the balanced situation of the Indian side, Karthik might not get a game in the very first match against Pakistan on June 4, but he was refreshingly candid on the importance of the innings for his career.

Karthik, who has represented India in 103 games across all formats, in the Post-match press conference, said, “I saw this game as an opportunity to showcase my skill and it was nice to get some time in the middle. I feel ready for the tournament now. For me, obviously, it was an important match. I guess the likes of captain and coach are watching me bat, and (for them) seeing where I stand is very important. It’s important that whenever I get the opportunity, I try and do the best that I can.”

The wicket-keeper batsman has also admitted that he was little nervous before the first warm-up clash against New Zealand, but against Bangladesh, he calmed himself before going to the match.

“In the last game I was a little nervous going in. Even though Virat (Kohli) tried his best to calm my nerves, it was a little difficult. I was back in the blues after a long time, so I guess I was very over-excited probably. It was one of those days where the bowler and the keeper were playing and I was just standing in between not doing much and getting beaten! It was pretty embarrassing out there.

“Against Bangladesh, I calmed myself down and I thought: ‘it’s an important opportunity for me to go out there and play a few shots’. I worked on my batting a little bit yesterday, got a hit and felt better today.”

Karthik’s international career has been on a downhill ride since the 2013 Champions Trophy, co-incidentally in England, and he hasn’t played an international game since 2014. So, if he can sustain the rigours of international cricket, yet again, is something that remains to be seen.

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