‘If I had been bought for 2 crore or 25 crore, I wouldn’t have played any dif­fer­ently’

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The Economic Times - - Sports -

It’s hard to be part of a los­ing side. Es­pe­cially when, on paper, you had as good a chance of win­ning as the oth­ers in the fray. Es­pe­cially if last sea­son, you’ve been among the star per­form­ers for a side that won ev­ery­thing on of­fer. Di­nesh Karthik was one of the lynch­pins around whom Mum­bai In­di­ans built their twin ti­tle runs in the In­dian Pre­mier League and Cham­pi­ons League Twenty20 in 2013. This year, he’s been part of a Delhi Dare­dev­ils side that doesn’t seem to know where its next vic­tory is com­ing from. While things haven’t clicked for Delhi on the field, the tac­tics they have adopted have also baf­fled sev­eral people, with the in-form JP Du­miny and Kedar Jad­hav mak­ing ap­pear­ances very low down the or­der, match af­ter match, while the scor­ing has stag­nated in the mid­dle overs. “I hear this be­ing asked a lot,” says Karthik with the hint of a wry smile. “You know, we want JP (Du­miny) to fin­ish an in­nings, bat three-four overs, get set and fin­ish well for us. Which means ba­si­cally bat the last five overs, and be some­body who can give us power. We don’t think we have that kind of power in the mid­dle so for us it’s im­por­tant he stays till the 20th over.” Karthik al­lows that Du­miny is also among those who can “ob­vi­ously ro­tate the strike, even if he goes in the sixth or sev­enth over”, but says the batting or­der has been con­ceived with each per­son hav­ing a spe­cific role. “We’re look­ing to fit Quin­ton (de Kock), KP, (M) Vi­jay and Mayank (Agar­wal) into the Power Play. In the mid­dle overs it will be up to me, JP, Kedar Jad­hav and maybe an­other mid­dle or­der bats­man—it could be Manoj Ti­wary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ross Tay­lor. At least for the batting side of it, we’re kind of set there.” But, what’s the think­ing be­hind as-

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