India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has said that it will be great for him if he gets to play for Chennai in the upcoming season of the Indian T20 League. Notably, the Tamil Nadu-born have not yet represented Chennai in the ITL. He has played for Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat (defunct), Bangalore, Mumbai, and Kolkata over the years.
He also captained Kolkata from 2018 to the mid-2020, before being replaced by Eoin Morgan. The right-hander has played 213 games, scoring 4046 runs at an average of 25.77. He was also part of Mumbai’s first-ever ITL trophy win in 2013. Last year, ahead of the player retention, Karthik was released by Kolkata.
Karthik expressed his wish to play for Chennai but added that whichever team opts for him, he will try to give his best for them.
“Look, it’s great if I can play for CSK. I’m from Chennai. But at the end of the day, what’s important for me is whichever team that I get to play in, it will be an absolute honour because as I said, all this practice that I’ve been doing these days is to try and do well in a tournament like the IPL,” Karthik was quoted as saying by News 18.
“It’s very hard for me to answer this question because it will be a very cliched answer. I’ll try and do everything that I can, not only to do well for the franchisee I play for but for myself also,” he added.
The 2007 T20 World Cup winner recently said that he is eyeing a comeback to the Indian team through good performance in T20s. Citing the example of Shikhar Dhawan, Karthik said that age is just a number and if your performance is good enough to win your team the match, you can make it to the team.
“Age is definitely not the thing that a lot of normal people look at it (for India comeback). Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run-getter (in ODIs in South Africa) and we are the same age.”