Proud to Play in Current India Team Led by Kohli: Dinesh Karthik

Karthik is set to make a comeback to the Indian dressing room for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.

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Dinesh Karthik plays a shot during the Champions Trophy warm-up match against Bangladesh. 

Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik on Monday, 16 October, said he was proud and privileged to be part of the current Indian squad led by Virat Kohli, which has been doing very well. The team was set to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest (Indian teams) ever, he said.

"The present team is very good. Bowlers (like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are bowling fantastic".

I am proud to be part of a team that is going to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest teams India has ever seen in terms of the players that have represented the country, which is led by a fantastic leader and has some seriously good senior players.
Dinesh Karthik

The great thing is that the bowlers are able to bat, which adds death to the side. I am honoured and privileged just to be part of this team," he told reporters on the sidelines of Tamil Nadu's Group "C' Ranji Trophy match against Tripura in Chennai.

He sang praise of Kohli and said the captain was "very vibrant and very positive. He is always looking to win".

Karthik is set to make a comeback to the 50-overs side for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting 22 October. Having last played against West Indies in the Caribbean a few months ago, the wicketkeeper-batsman said he was happy to be back and hoped to do well if he got the opportunity.

I feel very positive to be back in the side. I feel very confident and will try to give my best. The team set-up is very vibrant and there are good vibes in the dressing room. If I get the chance I have to make the most of it.

Karthik, who has played 73 One Day Internationals and 10 T20 Internationals so far, believes No 4 was the best batting position from him in the Indian line-up.

"Obviously No 4 is a great best position for me to bat. I have been batting at No 4 for Tamil Nadu in white ball cricket. I am confident that I can do well."

I am confident of fielding anywhere. It is part of my repertoire. Now that I am back-up for MS Dhoni, it is important that I keep practising and whenever given the opportunity do the best I can.

On his interaction with the team's head coach Ravi Shastri, Karthik said "He (Shastri) is fantastic. He had a chat with me and told me how he sees me in future. He told me what I must do. Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar make a formidable support staff along with Shastri," Karthik said.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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