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Dinesh Karthik targeting middle-order slot in the Indian team

Dinesh Karthik see himself competing for a batsman’s slot in the Indian XI for the Champions Troph

By Rashmi Nanda -

With his magnificent performance in the domestic circuit, especially Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he scored 607 runs in 9 matches with an average of 86.71, Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik feels that he is ready to compete for the middle-order slot in the national team ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.

The 31-year-old batsman scored a total of 704 runs in the 10 Ranji Trophy matches with an average of 54.15. Karthik also scored 112 runs against Bengal and helped Tamil Nadu to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the fifth time. Karthik also hoped that his incredible consistency, especially with the bat, will draw national selectors’ attention and he will come back to the Indian team.

Tamil Nadu keeper told IANS in a telephonic interview, “This season has gone well for me and for the team (Tamil Nadu). We will look to continue the good form in the Deodhar Trophy as well.”

Karthik further added, “I see myself competing for a batsman’s slot. I keep scoring runs and at the moment the team has six-seven places for batsmen. So I think I can contribute to the team in that way.”

Before selecting the team for the Champions Trophy, Dinesh left a subtle signal through his superb performance to the Indian team selectors. “I have been playing well for the last few seasons and my runs speak for themselves. I feel my batting skills are good enough to pick me solely as a batsman.”

On the ongoing India-Australia series, Karthik said, “It's been a brilliant series to watch. The brand of cricket has been great. There have been lots of ups and downs for both teams. I feel it will be an excellent Test match at Dharamsala. We have got a good set of all-rounders which gives us a lot of options. The team is well balanced and I am sure we will put up a good challenge.”

Karthik has played 23 Tests and 73 One Day International for India. In the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, he struck his 10th List A century and would be hopeful of a call to the national side.

He would be seen in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, where Karthik will represent Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions. The gloveman also would want to use the IPL as an opportunity to prove his worth to the national selectors ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.