[caption id="attachment_587592" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-587592 " alt="Live Cricket Score, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 semi-final, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 live score, Vijay Hazare Trophy live, Bengal vs Tamil Nadu, Bengal vs Tamil Nadu Live score, Vijay Hazare Trophy Live Streaming, Vijay Hazare Trophy Match Results" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Dinesh-Karthik.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Questioned if he fancies a chance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Dinesh Karthik was guarded in his generic reply IANS (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><b>New Delhi:</b> Having finished <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Vijay-Hazare-Trophy" target="_blank">Vijay Hazare Trophy</a> as top run-getter with 607 runs, senior pro <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Dinesh-Karthik" target="_blank">Dinesh Karthik</a> said that batting is his strength as he harbours dreams to don the national colour once again. "I always felt that batting is my strength. I have always enjoyed my keeping and looked to be someone who can contribute as a batsman. I have always batted at the top of the order be it for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India" target="_blank">India</a>, my state or IPL team," Karthik said after his century helped <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Tamil-Nadu" target="_blank">Tamil Nadu</a> win <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Vijay-Hazare-Trophy" target="_blank">Vijay Hazare Trophy</a>. "I am always confident about my batting skills but what you need is to be consistent. I have always trusted my skills and played at the same tempo throughout the tournament. I have not tried to alter too much." <strong><a title="Dinesh Karthik s ton comes to Tamil Nadu s rescue as they beat Bengal by 37 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 final" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dinesh-karthiks-ton-comes-to-tamil-nadus-rescue-as-they-beat-bengal-by-37-runs-in-vijay-hazare-trophy-2016-17-final-587526">Dinesh Karthik s ton comes to Tamil Nadu s rescue as they beat Bengal by 37 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 final</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Asked about his expectations from this year's IPL, Karthik said: "Right now, I am looking at Deodhar Trophy. IPL is a big tournament. I don't want to get there mentally right away." Questioned if he fancies a chance in the Champions Trophy, Karthik was guarded in his generic reply. "I am not going to lie. I am always dreaming to play for India. That's ultimate aim. Whenever you are playing for state, you are trying to do so well so that you can play for India." <p></p> <p></p>He was visibly satisfied with today's effort as this team comprises of youngsters. "My memory is weak so I don't really don't remember too many of big innings. But on a given day, it's a final, a big match, the kind of situation we were in, I came out and batted as best I could. So I am happy." Karthik thinks TNPL has helped them prepare a team for future. "TNPL has really helped us as it has thrown in new cricketers, who are confident. T Natarajan, Sai Kishore have all emerged from TNPL. Our whole team has changed from what it was last year. Hrishi [chief coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar] and Bala [bowling coach L Balaji] are doing a good job. Vijay Shankar has led really well."