Karthik Does Not Have Any Qualm in Losing Test Spot To M S Dhoni

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New Delhi: Eight years down the line, following the hard grind of domestic cricket and on-and-off call ups to the India team, the 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik has yet another chance due to Wriddhiman Saha’s injury as India host Afghanistan for the latter’s first-ever Test starting Thursday. It was in January, 2010 when Dinesh Karthik had last played a Test.

Karthik had no issues over losing his Test spot to MS Dhoni, even admitting that perhaps he wasn’t playing that well. With the Test whites beckoning again, Karthik looked at ease and admitted he had persevered due to the love of the game.

 “It feels very good to wear the whites. To be part of the Test team is something I’ve always dreamt of. I guess I didn’t perform well enough before. Dhoni was breathing down my neck. He has gone on to become probably one of the greatest Test captains India has produced. So, it’s not that I lost my place to some normal cricketer,” Karthik said ahead of India’s net session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday. The pacers and spinners had a go and each batsman got extended sessions against spin, pace and throw downs as the team geared up to take on Afghanistan.

For Karthik it’s second wind for his career. He is hopeful his toiling in domestic cricket and experience gained will help him this time around. “It’s very easy to fade away but to play for Tamil Nadu, to keep competing in Ranji, it was the challenge. Playing Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for any player. This is another opportunity for me to showcase my skills and I’m hoping to do the best I can,” said Karthik, who made his Test debut in 2004 against Australia in Mumbai as a 19-year-old, only to cede his spot to Dhoni in 2005. In between, he was called in for the injured Dhoni in 2007, and a year later for the Sri Lanka tour which Dhoni skipped.

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