Home > News >

Asia Cup 2014: Dinesh Karthik unfazed by ‘outsider’ tag

Dinesh-Karthik-of-India-kneels
Dinesh Karthik was drafted into the team at the last moment after MS Dhoni’s withdrawal © Getty Images

By Tapan Mohanta

Mirpur (Bangladesh): Feb 25, 2014 

Pressed into service after injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik said being an “outsider”, he can add a bit of freshness to India‘s Asia Cup 2014 campaign after the battering in recent international engagements.

India will start their Asia Cup campaign with a match against Bangladesh. Karthik, who was not a part of the squad which went winless in the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand, said he is not scarred by the disastrous results.

The 28-year-old Indian has featured in 67 One-Day Internationals (ODI) with a strike rate of 73.64.

“I got to know about three-four days back, I guess I’m used to it now being called so many times. It doesn’t play on my mind too much,” Karthik said after the team’s practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

“For me it’s about coming out here… It’s important to get into the zone just before the game. Obviously as a player I’m very excited to be a part of this Indian cricket team.

It’s one of the best teams available. For me, it’s an honour to represent India and do the best that I can,” he added.

Asked about India’s prolonged winless patch with the last coming in against visiting West Indies in November last year, a nonchalant Karthik said: “Actually, you should have asked this question to somebody who was a part of these eight ODIs.”

“From an outsider point of view, I’m coming into this team fresh. As an individual I can talk of my perspective and say that for me it’s going to be exciting. I’m sure it’s the same for all the players. But somebody who has played those eight games will answer this question much better.”

Karthik went on to add that the team has an exciting bunch of youngsters who would be keen to do well.

“Definitely, it’s a big tournament for all of us. It’s going to be exciting for all the young players in the team, so we all are really looking forward to it.”

The Indian team might not have the experience of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina but Karthik said there are other players who have been around for quite a long time.

“I’ve been around scene for some time. Given the opportunity, I will try and use whatever little experience I’ve had and bat to the best of my ability.

“Having said that, quite a few guys have played 100 games which is a lot of experience now. They have been playing now for a year or two. They have been given a good run.

“Obviously everybody will pull in their experience whatever little that we have, go out there and give it our best shot,” he added.

 

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Sachin Tendulkar: Century at Perth in 1992 against Australia changed my career

Ishant Sharma latest to feature in Amul’s ad after India’s win in 2nd Test against England

Hashim Amla lauds Imran Tahir ahead of Sri Lanka vs South Africa second Test at Colombo

India tour of England 2014: Sourav Ganguly backs Alastair Cook as the skipper

Ishant Sharma signs deal with Cornerstone Sport

India vs England 3rd Test at The Ageas bowl: A sneak peek into England squad

Mohammad Irfan hopes Pakistani players will play in IPL

Stuart Binny and the selection conundrum for India’s third Test against England at Southampton

Can America be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ for cricket?

Graham Gooch’s fabulous numbers in all forms of cricket

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Ishant Sharma latest to feature in Amul’s ad after India’s win in 2nd Test against England

Diet Tip #23 – Switch to rice bran oil for better health

Taiwan plane crash: 51 killed as plane crashes during emergency landing

Apple OS X Yosemite beta will be available to the public from tomorrow

Alia Bhatt feels she is too young to work with Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir!

Sachin Tendulkar: Century at Perth in 1992 against Australia changed my career

BJP calls Sania Mirza ‘daughter-in-law’ of Pakistan, criticises Telangana for honouring her

Research questions satellite data over Antarctic sea expansion

Moon Moon Sen and Arindam Seal will also be honoured at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman!

TransAsia Airways makes emergency landing in Taiwan, more than 50 feared dead

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here