Dinesh Karthik, the Indian wicketkeeper, took to his social media account and thanked his friends, coaches and well-wishers on November 23, Wednesday, and many opined that the batter might have hinted at his retirement.
With the ousted selectors already clarifying that Karthik will not be considered for the shortest format of the game, the wicketkeeper’s retirement might well be in the offing, given that the right-handed batter will turn 38 in June 2023.
Saying that he worked hard to play for India in the recently concluded 20-20 World Cup 2022, Karthik added that it was a proud feeling to don the blue jersey. Further, the 37-year-old admitted to falling short of expectations, although he said that it filled his life with so many memories to cherish.
“Worked hard towards the goal of playing the T20 World Cup for India and it was such a proud feeling to do so… we did fall short of the ultimate motive, but it did fill my life with many memories to cherish. Thank you to all my fellow players, coaches, friends and most importantly the fans for the undying support. #DreamsDoComeTrue,” Karthik wrote on his Instagram account.
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Incredible story of Dinesh Karthik
Post-doing commentary for India when they toured England in 2021, Karthik eventually regained his form and the throne on the back of his stupendous performances for the Bangalore franchise in the Indian T20 League 2022.
Eventually, Karthik was called up for the Asia Cup and the 20-20 World Cup 2022, which the Men in Blue lost to England in the knockouts in a humiliating way. Averaging around 26 in the shortest format of the game, Karthik has represented India in 60 T20I games, since his debut in 2006 in the format.
For the unversed, the right-handed batter made his international debut in the year 2004 and since then, it has been a rollercoaster ride for him. However, with youngsters awaiting an opportunity on the bench, Karthik might hang his boots and carry on with his stint in the domestic circuit.