India’s Dinesh Karthik is enjoying the finisher’s role, the 37-year-old said, helping his team secure a 68-run win against West Indies in the first Twenty20 International on Friday. Captain Rohit Sharma hit 64 but Karthik hit an unbeaten 41 off 19 balls as India posted 190-6 at Tarouba in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Indian spinners then restricted West Indies to 122-8 and took the visitors 1-0 in the five-match series. The veteran middle-order batsman, after receiving the man of the match award, said of his role, “I am thoroughly enjoying it.”
“It’s a very interesting role. It’s not something you can be very consistent with but some days you can make an impact on the team.
You need the support of the captain and the coach and that’s enough for me.
There was a seven-year period from 2010 to 2017 when Karthik did not play a single T20I for India but his recent form cemented his case for selection for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Karthik, who played India’s first T20 match in 2006, said that he knows very well what the role of a finisher is.
“It is important to assess the wicket.
“On any given day, the last three-four overs that you bat, you need to be aware of a lot of things like the size of the ball, the softness of the ball, the wicket, and then you need to make a decision.
“These are things that come and go with a little practice.” The second match is to be held in Basseterre on Monday.