All-round Indian star Hardik Pandya has expressed his admiration for Dinesh Karthik, saying his resurrection from obscurity is an inspiration to many inside and outside the team.
The veteran wicketkeeper smashed his first T20I fifty to help the hosts claim an 82-point victory over South Africa in the fourth T20 International here on Friday.
In a conversation with Karthik, the video of which was uploaded by BCCI to its website, Hardik recalled his past conversations with the veteran campaigner, who is going through a dream race with the bat. “I have to tell you this, sincerely I want to tell you this, you have given a lot of inspiration to a lot of guys in their lives. “I remember the conversation you had when you weren’t in the scheme of things, a lot of people counted you out,” Hardik told Karthik during the chat.
India were struggling at 81/4 in the 13th when substitute skipper Pant was dismissed for 17. This brought Karthik and Hardik together and the pair restarted Indian innings with a dynamic partnership of 65 runs.
”I remember those conversations. You told me then that my goal was to play for India again and the goal was to play in this World Cup, I’m going to give it my all, and to see you achieve that is very inspiring. ”A lot of people will learn new things. Well done brother, very proud of you,” Hardik added.
Karthik broke nine fours and two sixes in his entertaining 55 run, Hardik hit 46 of 31 to back up the Indian innings. The series decider will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
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