Dinesh karthik
Dinesh Karthik (AFP Photo)

In the wake of a stiff competition, developing a particular skill and refining it continuously is the mantra for India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.

With the ICC World Cup 2019 months away, Karthik is working on his finishing skills to become an indispensable part of India setup.

2018 has been an eventful year for Karthik whose fortunes have fluctuated massively across formats. From his last-ball six in the final of Nidahas T20 Trophy to being dropped midway through the England Test series, Karthik has seen it all.

After a decent Asia Cup where he scored 146 runs across five innings, he was dropped for a bilateral ODI series against West Indies at home. However, he continues to be a regular in India’s T20I squad.

“When there is so much competition, you have to keep improving your skill to be part of the set-up,” Karthik was quoted as saying by The Times of India on Thursday. “That’s what it pushed you to do. Trying to finish games off is one aspect I have been working on. I have been putting myself in situations where I can practise that. Things have been coming out well in those kind of tense situations. It’s a very important aspect of batting in limited-overs cricket and it’s something I am focusing on.”

Karthik is relishing the role of the finisher. “Definitely, it feels good whenever you stay till the end and win a match for the country. That is what I have always enjoyed doing,” he said.

Karthik played the three-match T20I series in Australia purely as a batsman with Rishabh Pant taking the gloves. Explaining the reason behind that, the 33-year-old said, “Regarding the wicketkeeping situation, the team management felt they needed a better fielder in the outfield since Australia has bigger grounds. That’s why I didn’t keep wickets after doing so in the West Indies series at home.”

Karthik isn’t worried about whether he’ll be on the flight for the World Cup in England next year. “I am always looking for any opportunity that comes to me. Selection is not in my hands. My job is to keep doing well in whatever matches I get. I will be looking to do that ahead of the World Cup,” he said.