In a conversation with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin on BCCI.TV after India’s 68-run win against West Indies in the opening T20 of the five-match series here, the spinner asked DK how the current Indian team was set up at that time. How different was it? He started.
Karthik said Sharma and Dravid had created an environment where failure was dealt with in the “most rational way possible”.
Karthik, who returned to India this year on the back of some stellar performances for RCB in the Indian Premier League 2022 season after being out of the national league for more than three years, said, “I think it’s a very different team. (compared to what he saw in his travels over the years). I must admit that I am really enjoying the set-up.
“The kind of calm that seems to be around this set-up in terms of coach and captain, I think a lot of credit should go to both of them (Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid) as they have created an environment where they are the best. Are dealing with failure in a rational way, which I think deserves a lot of credit for them.
“They’re bringing on board people who can help players beat themselves on[the game/skill]. I think it was something that may have been missing earlier.”
Karthik said that a bad patch or a bad score was something that was being taken very calmly in the current set-up with no one being dropped.
“There were times when I didn’t do well, I felt treated the same way. The dressing room atmosphere was quite calm and it was nice. These are the little ticking boxes that we should have at this stage of the game. ,” said Kartik.
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