Karthik played a brilliant innings of 55 off 27 balls in the fourth T20 International against South Africa in Rajkot as India beat the tourists by 82 runs on Friday night to level the series 2-2.
Talking about India’s comeback after being in the wild for three years, Karthik said, “I was so quick minded that I want to play… that I will be playing this (T20) World Cup (in Australia). years) I think it is very important in my life because I have been around for so long, I know how it feels to be out (for India).
“I also know how valuable it is to play for Team India, so I wanted to do something special and luckily Royal Challengers Bangalore gave me the platform, a role that I really enjoyed doing at the backend. I practiced for it. Done, I worked for it. Watch it and get it done and then definitely get love and affection from everyone,” Kartik said in a conversation with Hardik Pandya on bcci.tv.
Karthik said that now that he is being made to feel safe in the team, his next goal was to help India lift the elusive T20 World Cup trophy during the tournament in Australia in October-November this year.
“Now that I am here, I want to be the person who can help Team India win those tough games. I want to be in that position, stay and do something special every time. I do that.” I want to see this team from outside. I know how tough it is to be a part of this team… The kind of competition that is there, the kind of talent in the dressing room is phenomenal. So, just this Dressing around the living room, the vibes are so different, I want to enjoy it a lot,” said Kartik.
Karthik said that he had envisioned match conditions on a flight from Visakhapatnam to Rajkot, which helped him play a match-defining stormtrooper in the fourth T20I.
“From Vizag to Rajkot we had this conversation to tackle certain situations. As a middle-order batsman, you need to be very aware of who you can target, how you can do it. It helped , For starters, and obviously when I have I’m batting with you (Pandya), it’s very comfortable. It was a very important innings for us because obviously down 1-2 and then the first 10- of this game. Dominated in 12 overs. He put us under a lot of pressure. It was a tough wicket to bat on so I let him put pressure on him again. And the way we batted was important,” Karthik said.
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