Dinesh Karthik says enjoying finisher’s role after India win against West Indies | Cricket News

India’s Dinesh Karthik relishes the role of finisher, the 37-year-old said, after his cameo helped secure his side’s ’68 victory over West Indies in the first ever Twenty20 International on Friday.
Captain Rohit Sharma smashed 64 but Karthik provided an unbeaten 41 from 19 balls on the final shot as India went 190-6 at Tarouba in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Indian spinners then limited the West Indies to 122-8 to put the visitors
1-0 in the five-game series.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” veteran mid-tier drummer Karthik said of his role after winning the man-of-the-match award.
“It’s a very interesting role. It’s not something you can be very consistent with, but on some days you can impact the team.
“You need the support of the captain and the coach and I have it in abundance.”
There was a seven-year stretch from 2010 to 2017 in which Karthik didn’t play a single T20 match for India, but his recent form bolsters his selection record for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. .
Karthik, who played in India’s first T20 game in 2006, said he knew full well what the role of finisher entailed.
“Wicket valuation is important,” he said.
“Every day the last three or four overs you hit, you have to be aware of a lot of things like the shape of the ball, the softness of the ball, the wicket, and then you have to decide.
“It’s a bit of a thing and it comes with a bit of practice.”
The second game is scheduled for Basseterre on Monday.

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