Dinesh Karthik has been doing brilliantly well in the domestic cricket after he was left out of the Indian team post the World Cup debacle. The 34-year-old has led Tamil Nadu into the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 finals and is now hoping to earn a place back in the Indian team.
"We have a T20 World Cup coming up and I am definitely keen on contributing to the team in the finisher's role. I feel confident playing that role and can also contribute when it comes to setting a good total batting in the middle-order," Karthik told TOI on Wednesday.
He showed good form with the willow at the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 418 runs at an average of 59.71. "As a senior member of the stateside, it is my responsibility to be able to contribute each time I step on the field," he added.
He is set to lead a star-studded Tamil Nadu side in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, which comprises of R Ashwin, M Vijay, and Vijay Shankar. TN had won the inaugural edition in 2006-07 beating Punjab, but have failed in subsequent tournaments.
"We haven't competed well enough and have a long way to go in T20 cricket. We are not the strongest of teams going into the competition," he said.
(Times of India inputs)