A topsy-turvy career due to poor form and elusive luck is the story of many cricketers. But only a few manage to bounce back and on Saturday, it was the turn of Dinesh Karthik to return to the India one-day fold for the Champions Trophy.
For the Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman, a return to the India fold wasn't entirely unexpected. After a successful domestic season, he is also enjoying a solid run in the T20 league. "It is something I was looking forward to, it is always a good feeling coming back into the India team. I was expecting a return after a good season," Karthik said.
His role could be that of a specialist batsman with India captain MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper. The 27-year-old Karthik acknowledges this, aware that he would be asked to keep wicket only if the skipper is injured.
"With Dhoni around I am not looking at wicketkeeping. I am only preparing to be in the role of a specialised batsman and focus on those fronts to make the most of my opportunities," he said. Karthik, who has been out of the Indian team for over two years, in determined to make his comeback count. "It is an honour to be selected. It is important that the people who select the team who have faith in me. And I know I need to repay that faith."
The wicketkeeper has been in good touch in the T20 league, aggregating 331 runs, which includes a match-winning 86 against Delhi Daredevils. He was in excellent form in the Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu, scoring 577 runs and effecting 17 dismissals behind the stumps.