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'Keep knocking at the door'

A comparatively rookie Dinesh Karthik seems to have taken his omission for first two ODIs against Pakistan in his stride.
PTI | By Sheelpa Kothari, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2007 02:31 PM IST

With even a senior batsman like Rahul Dravid being punished by selectors for loss of form, a comparatively rookie Dinesh Karthik seems to have taken his omission from the Indian team for the first two cricket one-dayers against Pakistan in his stride.

But Karthik is determined to stage a comeback in the team sooner than later; his mantra being 'keep knocking at the door'.

The 22-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer struggled in his last 10 one-dayers, averaging 19.33 with a highest score of 44 not out, which cost him his place in the side. But he answered the selectors with a match-winning unbeaten 116 in the Challenger Trophy final just a day after the team was announced.

"You have to knock and knock on the door. Being picked or dropped is part and parcel of the game," Karthik told PTI.

Karthik, who had replaced Dravid for the final ODI against Australia in Mumbai but ended up with a duck, was not insecure about his position in the team.

"I don't think about these things because it is the selectors' job. My job is to play and I know I still have room for improvement. There are many areas I have to work on and I am working on them," he said when asked if he was expecting a recall for the last three ODIs against Pakistan.

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