Karthik: ‘T20 dynamics have changed’

Dinesh Karthik who played the Chairty match ‘Horn Not, Ok Please T20 Cup’ for Yuvraj Singh’s team at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday said that the Twenty20 has reached a stage where the quantum of runs don’t matter.

Dinesh Karthik will be leading Kolkata Knight Riders this season.   -  K. Pichumani

Dinesh Karthik who played the Chairty match ‘Horn Not, Ok Please T20 Cup'  for Yuvraj Singh’s team at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday said that the Twenty20 has reached a stage where the quantum of runs don’t matter. “If you’re in the top three, then you get a major chunk of the overs, your chances of getting more runs are probably higher and that a certain strike rate is expected.

“But once you come in at No 4, 5, 6 or 7, the number of boundaries that you can hit in the first 6-8 balls is what matters. Those are the kind of calculations that go with teams. The game has changed to such an extent that as a middle-order player, it’s no longer about going out in the middle and taking your time. The whole dynamics of the game has changed. What’s more important at this moment is the strike rate I guess.’’

Karthik, who took India past the finishing line against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final with an 8-ball 29 and a last ball six, said: “I want to play as long as possible, I was lucky to meet Abhishek (Nayar) and go through a process. I had a lot of doubt if would  play for the  country again  before meeting him. He kind of showed me the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope it is just the start of good things. It would be hard to produce last ball sixes, but definitely I want to keep producing match winning innings when the situation demands. That will be an important thing for me.’’

The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman recalled the conversation he had with VVS Laxman after last year’s IPL. “He (Laxman) said that at the stage of the career I was in, the important thing is not those good looking 30s and 40s and brilliant 100s I score. But the most important thing is to be able to win matches that you play for any team. This advice stuck with me. He learnt it from experience and followed it.’’