Dinesh Karthik, the senior most member in India’s 15-member World Cup squad after MS Dhoni, might make his first appearance in the 50-over showpiece. Ahead of the World Cup 2019, the 33-year-old is optimistic and says he loves spending time with youngsters in the camp, especially KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.
“Those two names matter a lot to me. I am very close to them in this Indian team. If either of them was not there in the team I would have been very sad. At the end of the day, you do make close friends as you go along in the journey,” Karthik told PTI.
Fifteen years after making his international debut and being in and out of the Indian team, Karthik remains a topic of discussion and therefore, “relevant”, in his own words.
“I was a bit shocked (after not being picked for Australia series) but I had faith that you know if it is meant to be it is meant to be. In the end, I was picked for my performances over the last two years.
“I have batted in various positions (over the last 24 months) and I have had decent success in those positions. But the key is not for me to look back at the last two years, the greatest tournament is going to happen and I now have the opportunity to play there.