Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 6 2022, 10:58 AM

Adaptability to different surfaces will help India prepare for WC: Karthik

Dinesh Karthik has felt that the challenges posed by the different surfaces in the Caribbean Tour will aid India in their preparation for T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. 

image-l6hm6rqjDinesh Karthik in a T20I game

India are currently facing West Indies in the five-match T20I series. The first fixture at Tarouba was a two-paced pitch, while the subsequent two games played at St. Kitts witnessed a strong cross wind. 

After failing to gauge the conditions well in the second T20I, the Rohit Sharma-led side secured a victory in the third game to take the lead of 2-1. The base for the last two matches is Florida, which will present a new challenge for the Men in Blue. 

Karthik thinks India have done well in adapting situations

The 37-year-old has reckoned that three grounds in Australia (Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne) are completely different to each other, which will be a challenge. However, India have done quite well in adapting to surfaces. 

"Here, the challenges have been different in every venue where we have played. One of the key things that Rohit [Sharma] and Rahul [Dravid] have spoken about in this series at the start was adaptability and understanding the situations," said Karthik. 

Karthik embracing the role of a finisher

Karthik, who made an international comeback after almost three years on the back of powerful performances in the IPL 2022, feels elated to be donning the role of a finisher and sealing crunch moments for Men in Blue.

"Pressure is a privilege at this point of time as a cricketer [and] as a sportsperson. It is something that is given to [you] only when playing at the highest level and when people expect certain things out of you," Karthik concluded. 

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