I’ve always looked up to Dhoni – Karthik

Two years back, Dinesh Karthik admitted that MS Dhoni was “mentally stronger” than him. However, since Karthik’s heroics against Bangladesh last Sunday (March 18), there has been talk that Karthik could be the successor to Dhoni when it comes to playing the role of a ‘finisher’ in limited-overs cricket.

“When it comes to Dhoni, I am studying in the university in which he is the topper,” Karthik said.

“So it is unfair for me to be compared with him. I’ve started my journey. It (final heroics) has given me a new wind of hope. His journey has been totally different. I’ve always been an understudy. I’ve always looked up to him. Today he is helping out the youngsters. The way he has gone on from strength to strength is for people to see and learn,” Karthik said on Tuesday.

“I have always enjoyed playing as a batsman. In the T20s, I’ve been asked to play at six and seven. I’ve finished a few innings. It feels good and the most important thing is to keep doing it consistently. That’s what I’m focusing on. In ODIs, they are looking at slightly up the order. I’m just keeping all my options open and develop into a cricketer who can play according to the situation,” he added.

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