Veteran India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik shared an emotional video after India’s exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. The Men in Blue finished as the table-toppers in Super 12, but witnessed a humiliating 10-wicket loss against England in the semis halted their progress.
Dinesh Karthik was included in India’s playing XI for almost every game. However, he was benched during the last Super 12 fixture against Zimbabwe and the semifinal against the eventual champions England where Rishabh Pant got the nod ahead of the veteran gloveman.
In a touching video posted by Dinesh Karthik on his official Instagram account, he shared the treasured moments spent with his family and teammates down under during the marquee tournament.
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“Worked hard towards the goal of playing the T20 World Cup for India and it was such a proud feeling to do so… we did fall short of the ultimate motive, but it did fill my life with many memories to cherish. Thank you to all my fellow players, coaches, friends and most importantly the fans for the undying support. ♥️ #DreamsDoComeTrue #T20WorldCup”
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Dinesh Karthik was not in the national selectors’ scheme of things after the 2019 World Cup, but his excellent middle-order performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2022 forced the selectors to reconsider him for T20Is.
Over the last few months leading up to the T20 World Cup, Karthik did establish himself as a proven finisher with his incredible batting skills in the death overs.
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Unfortunately for Dinesh Karthik, he ran out of steam during the marquee ICC event. He as dismissed for just one run in the key clash against arch-rivals Pakistan and amassed a painstaking six runs off 15 deliveries against South Africa. The 37-year-old was not included in the Indian T20I squad for the New Zealand series as Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson were the first-choice stumpers.