Earlier this week, India completed a whitewash over West Indies in a three-match ODI series. On 29 July 2022, they kicked off a five-match T20I series against the same opponent with all-star players back in action. Dinesh Karthik came up with a match-winning unbeaten knock. India won the series opener by a massive margin of 68 runs.
Karthik scored 41* runs off 19 balls only at a strike rate of 215.78. It helped India to post a total of 190 runs in 20 overs by losing six wickets. In reply, West Indies scored only 122 runs in 20 overs, by losing eight wickets. However, after the match, Dinesh Karthik won the player of the match award. He also opened up on the factors for becoming a successful finisher.
“Assessing the wicket is important.” – Dinesh Karthik
Speaking about the match, Dinesh Karthik said that initially, he found it difficult to score runs. But, once he understood the nature of the wicket, things got better for him. He said: “The wicket was a little sticky. Was not a good wicket to start on but once set, you got the pace of the wicket and you realized what kind of shots you can play,”
Karthik also added on how he has been enjoying this new finisher role for India. He added: “I have been enjoying it a lot… it is a very interesting role. It is not something that you can be very consistent with but on some days, you can make an impact on the team. You need the backing of the captain and coach and I have got that in abundance,”
Dinesh Karthik also shared that the proper assessment of the wicket is very much crucial for a batter to become a good finisher. “Assessing the wicket is important. On any given day, in the last three-four overs that you bat, you need to be aware of a lot of things such as the shape of the ball, the softness of the ball, and the wicket, and then you need to decide. These are a little bit of things and that comes with a little bit of practice,” Karthik concluded.