TheSportsRush brings The (Un)Real Interview with Dinesh Karthik, as the batsman is dropped from the Indian team for ODI series against Windies.
Dinesh Karthik became the latest player to be dropped from the Indian team. The wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped from the ODI squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies, scheduled to be played later this month.
Rishabh Pant has replaced Karthik in the side, who has performed impressively in the test matches and has seemingly established his place in the whites. MS Dhoni continues to remain the first-choice wicketkeeper.
We caught up with Dinesh Karthik to know his views on the BCCI decision to drop him.
Hello Dinesh. What are your thoughts at not being selected in the ODI team?
I don’t know. I thought that I had established my place in the side with those outings in the Asia Cup. Well, I guess I’ll just have to wait for him to retire. I’m used to play the waiting game, anyway.
Are you admitting that you can’t come back to the team unless Dhoni retires?
No. I was talking about the retirement of Rishabh Pant.
Oh. Right.. Why do you think you were dropped?
There can be multiple reasons for it. Cocktails, Whiskey, Rum etc. I don’t know which of these actually triggered the decision to drop me.
Umm, I didn’t get it.
Ask our coach. He’ll get the finest ones for you.
Oh. Let’s not delve into that topic. Now, did you talk to anyone on advice to come back to the side?
Of course, I’d like to see myself coming back into the team. But no, I haven’t taken any advice as such. But I recently received a call from Karun Nair.
What did he say?
He suffered worse, to be honest. But he’s recovering. He told me about his plan on a travel start-up business. You see, he was on a two-month fully-funded trip to England, and he traveled a lot. He asked me if I’d like to be a partner to conduct England tours with him.
What did you say?
‘No, Karun. I was busy playing games, I don’t think I’m the right guide for English locations.’ He hung up without even saying a bye.
Of course he would.
Yeah, although, before hanging up, I guess he said something along the lines of ‘bhen..’
Ok ok, that’s enough detail. Final question – If you are not selected in the team in future, what would be your favorite memory in the Indian blue?
That is a tough question. But nothing can top the Nidahas innings, right? Shakib came to me after the match and said, “India’s wicketkeepers give us nightmares.” My little Sachin-Warne moment.
Well, Shakib said that because Dhoni ran Mustafizur out in the WT20 as well.
Right. Thank you, Dinesh, and all the best!
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