Playing in different conditions will help during the World T20 preparations, thinks Karthik

Wicketkeeper-palter Dinesh Karthik feels playing in different conditions on the Caribbean tour will stand India in good stead as they prepare for the various challenges the Australian pitch will present during the T20 World Cup later this year.

India played the opening three T20s in the West Indies before moving to Florida for the remaining two matches. In the three games, the Indians had to go through different conditions. In Tarouba they were confronted with two paces while St. Kitts had a strong wind.

“I think it’s very interesting, because even at the World Cup, three Sydney pitches immediately came to mind – [where] the sides are a bit smaller and the straights are longer,” Karthik said ahead of the fourth T20I. “Adelaide, we all know that the sides are very small and the straights are long again, whereas in Melbourne it’s just the opposite – the straights are short and the sides are very big .

“So of course we’re going to be dealing with different pitches wherever we play, so the challenges will be different,” he added. India lead the tie 2-1 after winning the opening and third T20.

“Here, the challenges were different in every place we played. So the fact that every time you get an opportunity, there’s a certain challenge that comes with an easy entry. That’s pressure in itself.

“One of the key things that Rohit [Sharma] and Rahul [Dravid] which we talked about in the beginning of this series was adaptability and understanding of situations. I think that’s something we’ve done quite well so far.” Karthik has flourished in his new role in the team, but the 37-year-old feels it’s difficult to be consistent as a finisher.

“The job of a finisher is that it’s hard to be consistent. Every time you step in, you should be able to make an impact that helps the team.

“There are a lot of factors that can make it difficult for you, especially in the Caribbean and in Miami the wind is going to be a huge factor, even though it’s a heavy ball sport, sometimes the wind dictates that. , where you play shots.” It works both ways, the bowlers are smart and try to make you hit as much into the wind as possible.

That makes it more difficult.” Karthik returned to the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he was at his best. Asked if he feels pressure to perform every time in the national team, he said, “Pressure is a privilege at this point.

“As an athlete, it’s natural when you play at a higher level and when people expect certain things from you. The important thing is to make sure that on a given day, what is the match situation, read the match situation and try to give your best on that day.” Karthik also praised the captain and the coach for giving the players enough opportunities despite facing problem with enough talent.

“Players have the opportunity to fail. It is very important to give players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player. There are so many players in India right now.” But here you get value for what you have achieved over a period of time. That’s something to respect with this coaching staff.

“Right now in the Indian team, we have the potential to field two teams or maybe even three teams in terms of the number of players available. I don’t think many countries can boast that.’

“The players who are part of the 15 (for the T20 World Cup) should realize how important and how beautiful it is to be part of this team and how proud we should be to represent our country on the world stage.

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