Mumbai: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is confident that batsman Dinesh Karthik can be included in the Indian squad for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup. He has cemented his place in the team with impressive performances in IPL 2022 and the T20I series against South Africa. Gavaskar and Karthik shared the commentary box during the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand last year and the legendary cricketer revealed how hard Karthik worked to get back into the national team.
He had also left the hotel gym during this time because he was not getting the kind of facilities he wanted, so he joined a club. Gavaskar said, when Dinesh Karthik went for the World Test Championship, we shared lunch, breakfast, dinner together. It was there that Karthik told me about his ambition to return to the Indian team.
Gavaskar revealed Karthik’s workout routine, which consisted of creating a game vision in mind and practicing accordingly. Gavaskar said, ‘He was telling me how he was creating the conditions for the match in his mind and was emphasizing his preparations accordingly.’
Elaborating further, the commentator said, ‘If you come to the crease to bat on 6 and 7, you do not get to play 20 overs. You only get to play 5-6 overs. You have to bat accordingly. For this, Karthik worked hard and the fruits of his hard work have come out in the IPL and T20 series. Despite facing limited deliveries in the recently concluded India-South Africa series, Karthik scored 92 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 158.62.