Karthik hopes to lift team spirit

Mirpur (Bangladesh): Pressed into service after injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik said being an “outsider”, he can add a bit of freshness to India’s Asia Cup campaign after the battering in recent international engagements.

Karthik hopes to lift team spirit

India will start their Asia Cup campaign with a match against Bangladesh here tomorrow. Karthik, who was not a part of the squad which went winless in the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand, said he is not scarred by the disastrous results.

The 28-year-old Indian has featured in 67 ODIs with a strike rate of 73.64.”I got to know about three-four days back, I guess I’m used to it now being called so many times. It doesn’t play on my mind too much,” Karthik said after the team’s practice.

“For me it’s about coming out here… It’s important to get into the zone just before the game. Obviously as a player I’m very excited to be a part of this Indian cricket team. It’s one of the best teams available. For me, it’s an honour to represent India and do the best that I can,” he added.

Asked about India’s prolonged winless patch with the last coming in against visiting West Indies in November last year, a nonchalant Karthik said: “Actually, you should have asked this question to somebody who was a part of these eight ODIs.”

“From an outsider point of view, I’m coming into this team fresh. As an individual I can talk of my perspective and say that for me it’s going to be exciting. I’m sure it’s the same for all the players. But somebody who has played those eight games will answer this question much better.”Karthik went on to add that the team has an exciting bunch of youngsters who would be keen to do well. —PTI

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