Playing a key role in India’s 82-equaling streak against South Africa, Karthik reckons that performances like 27 55 tackles provide a sense of security and clarity in the thought process.
“Just feel good,” he said of the innings. “I feel very secure in this setup. In the last match, things didn’t go according to plan, but I went and showed myself today,” Karthik said during the introductory ceremony. after the game.
He has given a lot of credit to coach Rahul Dravid.
“Credit to Rahul Dravid; it’s a certain sense of calm. The dressing room is a quiet place right now. It’s important to learn to accept the pressure. It feels safe and fuzzy. clarity and ambience helped.”
Having played in India’s opening T20 match in 2006, bumped into Proteas and was also awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ back then, Karthik is now clearer about his role in the team.
“I think DK is thinking a little bit better. He can assess the situation better and that comes with reality.” he say.
Karthik is glad the series went down the wire.
“It’s good to see a series of bilaterals going down to the last game. To see the pressure absorbed in the third and fourth games is something we’ll be excited about.”
Karthik’s base and the team’s captain Rishabh Pant are all tributes to both Hardik Pandya and Karthik for changing the game after being reduced to 56 for 3 out of 10 rounds.
“We talked about doing and playing better cricket and this is the result. Really pleased with the way Hardik performed. DK took down immediately and that gave us a positive. ”
He admits that he needs to improve his own batting.
“As an individual, I can expect to improve in certain areas. However, don’t worry too much. See the positives and want to improve. Let’s see what happens in Bangalore. Look forward to our 100% dedication.”
South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj blamed the team’s lack of adaptability.
“Obviously it didn’t go according to plan in the last couple of passes (when bowling), but we felt the ground got a little better late in the game. That was a lack of adaptability on our part. We need to try a little harder. be proactive.”