As a player, you need to understand your strengths – Karthik

As a player, you need to understand your strengths – Karthik. “I believe that as a player today, you must understand your own strengths,” Karthik said.

Dinesh Karthik has been at his best in the Indian Premier League 2024 thus far. He is regarded as the ultimate finisher within the Royal Challengers Bengaluru ranks. He lived up to the hype when he saved RCB’s blushes against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the runfest. Though RCB lost the game, Karthik was praised for scoring 83 runs off 35 balls in Bengaluru on Monday, April 15.

Rohit Sharma made a joke while Karthik came out to bat against the Mumbai Indians. He mocked the wicketkeeper-batsman, who is vying for a spot in the T20 World Cup in 2024. This has been the case for the Tamil Nadu batter. He appeared out of nowhere and secured a ticket to England for the 2019 World Cup. He then flew to Australia for the 2022 T20 World Cup, following timely performances. Speaking of World Cup prospects, Karthik stated that it is up to the selectors and team captain.

“I believe that as a player today, you must understand your own strengths. I’m not [Andre] Russell or [Kieron] Pollard, who can mishit a ball and score six runs. So I need to figure out how I do. How I can close gaps and what types of balls I can hit for boundaries. And I noticed a pattern in how bowlers bowled to me. So I needed to try to figure out a solution for that,” Karthik said at the RCB’s pre-match press conference.

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I try and understand what they’re going to bowl at me: Karthik

The 38-year-old has dominated social media feeds due to his dual roles in cricket. He works part-time as a cricket commentator while also playing competitively. His fine tuning can be seen in the fact that he hit a 108-metre six in the tournament. He shed light on his batting and expressed his ability to read the bowler’s mind.

“So, when I practice, I try to anticipate what they’re going to throw at me. How am I going to visualize the boundary of a field that will be in place for me? So I worked like that and backwards, and it helped me learn a couple of shots in the back end. It’s been great to get out there and express myself, and it’s been a pleasure to do what I’m doing for RCB as a finisher,” he said.

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