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Huge price tag not bothering Dinesh Karthik ahead of IPL 7

April 08, 2014 18:15 IST

Huge price tag not bothering Dinesh Karthik ahead of IPL 7

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Dinesh Karthik grabbed eyeballs when Delhi Daredevils bought him for an astounding Rs 12.5 crore at the IPL Players' Auction in February and the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper knows only too well that the franchise has pinned a lot of hopes on his ability to win matches.

"Of course, there will be pressure. When a corporate invests in you, they have high expectations. But money is not the only issue here. As a professional, you are expected to give your best for the team irrespective of you getting more money or less," Karthik told PTI.


Image: Dinesh Karthik in action
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'Tough to gauge my form with the way I played in the domestic T20s'

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Karthik failed to make most of the opportunity in the Asia Cup which preceded the World Twenty 20. Called in as replacement for India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the wicketkeeper-batsman missed some crucial stumpings and could not come up with any noticeable performances with the bat.

But on his own admission, there are no specific areas that he has worked on.

"To be honest, I have not worked on anything specific. It would also be tough to gauge my form with the way I played in the domestic T20s [Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy] as IPL will be a different ball game," said the 28-year-old.


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'We have a good-all round team with some explosive international players'

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The all new Daredevils squad starts training on Wednesday and Karthik said it was too early to talk about how the team would fare in the seventh edition. Captain Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Quinton de Kock, Murali Vijay and Mohammed Shami are the other top international players in the squad.

"It would be too premature to say anything on the team. I will only get to meet the coach [Gary Kirsten] and others in the camp. We have a good-all round team with some explosive international players but there are a whole lot of factors that determine success.

"Personally, I would like to take it match by match and see how it goes," said the Chennai-based cricketer adding Pietersen and Taylor's presence is a big boost to the franchise.


Image: Dinesh Karthik
Photographs: BCCI

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'IPL for me is just about expressing myself'

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The pitches are expected to aid the spinners more than the faster bowlers. Delhi only have two frontline spinners in leggie Rahul Sharma and left-armer Shahbaz Nadeem and Karthik pointed out that the duo's experience of having played in the IPL over the years would prove to be handy.

"We might not have a lot of India players in the team but in the spin department, both Rahul and Nadeem have proved themselves in the past IPL editions."

A good showing in the last IPL paved the way for Karthik's return to the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy, which India won after beating England in a rain-hit final.

He pointed out that he is not using IPL as a tool to make a comeback into the Indian team but would rather go out and give his best for his new franchises.

"IPL for me is just about expressing myself. If I do well, the future will take care of itself," he summed up.


Image: Dinesh Karthik
Photographs: BCCI

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