[caption id="attachment_762230" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Dinesh-Karthik-PTI.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-762230" alt="Dinesh Karthik scored just three boundaries and a six, during his 34-ball 31. @ PTI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Dinesh-Karthik-PTI.jpg" width="628" height="377" /></a> Dinesh Karthik scored just three boundaries and a six, during his 34-ball 31. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>After senior wicketkeeper-batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> was dropped from the two-match Test series against West Indies, questions were doing the rounds whether it is all over the seasoned Tamil Nadu glovesman. Karthik proved his detractors wrong on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>DK, who smashed a<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/nidahas-trophy-2018-final-dinesh-karthik-1st-indian-to-slam-last-ball-six-in-t20is-in-winning-cause-694014"> six off the last ball in the Nidahas Trophy final</a> against Bangladesh that saw India lift the title, guided India to a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/krunal-pandya-dinesh-karthik-guide-india-to-five-wicket-win-over-west-indies-in-1st-t20i-at-eden-gardens-762193">five-wicket victory</a> over West Indies in the first T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p> Going down the order, I wanted to just absorb the pressure and try to help the team win, that's my role. As a senior player, I keep telling myself, need to absorb pressure, but at the same time play positive cricket, make sure I bat through and take on the bowlers. I didn't need to bat at a 150 strike-rate in this game, Karthik, who scored just three boundaries and a six, during his 34-ball 31, said after the match. <p></p> <p></p>India were in a spot of bother at 45/5, after being set a 110-run target and were able to cross the finish line purely due to Karthik and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/manish-pandey/">Manish Pandey</a>, who managed to stem the flow of wickets after Oshane Thomas caused havoc at the top. <p></p> <p></p> It's a good wicket, there's a lot for the bowlers. This is good to bat on too, but there's always something for the bowlers. I think we shouldn't get too carried away by the score, the balls they bowled to Rohit Sharma and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan/">Shikhar Dhawan</a> were special, he said.