- In Latest Cricket News, Abhishek Nayar has backed Dinesh Karthik to put behind his struggles and bounce back strongly in England
- After failing in the first two Tests, Karthik was replaced by Rishabh Pant for the Nottingham Test
While wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha‘s injury came as a big blow for Team India ahead of the crucial England tour, it was seen as a blessing in disguise for Dinesh Karthik who was selected as India‘s first-choice keeper. The experienced campaigner has endured a horrid series so far as he managed scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in four innings he played in the first two Tests.
Subsequently, the team management took a call of replacing Karthik with Rishabh Pant for the third Test at Trent Bridge and the youngster has certainly impressed in his debut outing, albeit in tough conditions. After looking good with the bat in the first innings, the Delhi lad became the first ever Indian wicketkeeper to claim five catches on debut.
It can be said that the southpaw has done enough to cement his place in the side for the fourth Test and things are once again looking down for Karthik, who enjoyed an excellent past few months while playing white ball cricket for India and leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Veteran cricketer Abhishek Nayar, Karthik’s mentor and the man credited with turning around, was recently asked if the 33-year-old deserved more time and should not have been dropped after failing in two Tests. The former India all-rounder stated that Karthik was not getting out to poor strokes and that failures are a part and parcel of the game which a player needs to take in his stride and move on.
“Karthik’s failures down to conditions in England”
“It’s a team management’s decision. He has played in two Test matches where conditions were really tough and he has not done well. He played one decent innings. It’s not like he has played bad shots, he got out to good deliveries,” Nayar told Mid-Day.
“Failure can happen to any cricketer. Not every story is going to be a fairytale.”
Nayar, who recently ended his long-standing association with Mumbai to move Puducherry in the Indian domestic circuit, also made it clear he is satisfied with Karthik’s performance in England.
“As far as this tour is concerned, I have absolutely zero disappointment. I am only proud of him (Karthik). He has done what he can do best. It obviously has not worked out.
“In this Test [at Trent Bridge], people are getting runs, and Dinesh is not playing. Whether or not he would do well, that is only a question mark that is going to be left unanswered.”
In the end, Nayar also attributed Karthik’s failures to the conditions on offer at Edgbaston and Lord’s and backed his ward to bounce back strongly in future. “The matches where DK played in, we all know how the conditions were and how they bowled. It can happen to the best, but it’s not an excuse. Dinesh will bounce back strongly,” he added in conclusion.
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