Karthik and Keep­ing Calm in a Delhi Storm

The Economic Times - - Sports - Sau­rabh So­mani

sign­ing these roles? Karthik’s an­swer is pat. “Who fits which role best. It’s as sim­ple as that. If some­body is able to give their best dur­ing Power Plays, it’s best to bat them there.” Karthik is also clear that what­ever may be the re­sults, the tran­si­tion from Mum­bai to Delhi has been smooth. He once said Mum­bai was “like a fam­ily” to him, but he’s set­tled into his new home well. “It’s a very soft en­vi­ron­ment in the sense that we are a young team. “I guess leav­ing Mum­bai was in­evitable. I mean ev­ery player, bar­ring one or two, are go­ing to go in for a change ev­ery three years. So it was there at the back of my mind. I have to say I had a re­ally good time at Mum­bai.” But given his suc­cess, surely there must have been talk of re­ten­tion? Karthik has a valid counter. “The thing was, be­cause we had won the tour­na­ment, lit­er­ally all XI play­ers stood a chance of be­ing re­tained. Ob­vi­ously Mum­bai had to see fi­nan­cially who fit­ted their bill best. A lot of teams have fed off play­ers from Mum­bai and they are do­ing well.” Karthik has a straight­for­ward an­swer to what is go­ing wrong for Delhi this sea­son too. Bowl­ing has been among Delhi’s weaker suits, and Karthik agrees, though he points to Nathan Coul­ter-Nile’s un­for­tu­nate in­jury as cru­cial. “We can def­i­nitely get bet­ter in our bowl­ing as­pect. It all boils down to the con­fi­dence of the bowler, and we can get bet­ter at that,” he re­flects. “Nathan Coul­ter-Nile’s in­jury has also hurt us. I keep telling ev­ery­one, he was the key for us. He was bowl­ing up top and at the bot­tom end. The whole bowl­ing unit re­volved around him. He would have made a big dif­fer­ence.” I won­der if the cam­paign go­ing awry has added to the pres­sures Karthik must have faced ow­ing to the price he had been bought at, the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive player to go un­der the ham­mer, fetch­ing ` 12.5 crore. Karthik’s al­most pre-empted the an­swer, be­cause it’s not a ques­tion that’s come ex­actly out of the blue. “A lot of people ask me this ques­tion,” he be­gins with a smile. “All I can say is that if I had been bought for ` 2 crore I wouldn’t have played any dif­fer­ently to how I’m play­ing now. And if I was bought for ` 25 crore, I wouldn’t have played any dif­fer­ently ei­ther.” The au­thor is As­sis­tant Edi­tor, Wis­den In­dia

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