India performed the opening three T20s in West Indies earlier than shifting to Florida for the remaining two video games. Within the three video games, the Indians needed to navigate by way of completely different circumstances. They had been confronted with a two-paced pitch in Tarouba, whereas St Kitts had a robust wind.
“I feel it is vitally attention-grabbing as a result of even within the World Cup straightaway the three grounds that come to my thoughts are Sydney – [where] the edges are barely smaller and the straights are longer,” Karthik mentioned forward of the fourth T20I.
“Adelaide, everyone knows that the edges are very small and once more, the straights are lengthy, whereas in Melbourne, it is the precise reverse – the straights are quick and the edges are very massive.
“So, clearly, we’re going to be encountering completely different grounds wherever we’re going to be enjoying, so the challenges are going to be completely different,” he added.
India lead the tie 2-1, having received the opening and third T20.
“Right here, the challenges have been completely different in each venue the place we’ve performed. So, the truth that each time you get a chance, there is a sure problem that comes with simply strolling in. That’s strain by itself.
“One of many key issues that Rohit [Sharma] and Rahul [Dravid] have spoken about on this collection in the beginning was adaptability and understanding the conditions. I feel that’s one thing we have carried out fairly nicely up to now.”
Karthik has flourished in his new position within the workforce however the 37-year-old feels it exhausting to be constant because the finisher.
“Finisher’s position is one such that it’s exhausting to be constant. Each time you get in, you must have the ability to make an affect that may assist the workforce.
“There are a variety of elements that may make it more durable for you, particularly within the Caribbean and Miami, wind shall be a large issue, despite the fact that it’s a sport which is performed with a heavy ball, the wind dictates among the occasions, the place you play the photographs.
“It really works each methods, the bowlers are intelligent they usually attempt to drive you to hit into the wind as a lot as potential. That makes it all of the extra more durable.”
Karthik returned to the Indian workforce on the again of a spectacular IPL season the place he was at his explosive greatest. Requested if he feels the strain to carry out each time in nationwide arrange he mentioned: “Stress is a privilege at this level of time.”
“As a sportsperson, it’s a given, when you find yourself enjoying on the larger stage and when folks anticipate sure issues out of you. What’s necessary is ensuring that on a given day, what the match state of affairs is, studying the match state of affairs and making an attempt to offer your greatest on that given day.”
Karthik additionally lavished reward on the captain and the coach for giving gamers ample alternatives regardless of going through an issue of a lot when it comes to expertise.
“Gamers are given the chance to fail. It is crucial to offer gamers the chance to fail after which transfer on to the following participant. In India proper now, there are such a lot of gamers.
“However right here you get worth for what you’ve gotten achieved over a time frame. That’s one thing that must be revered with this teaching employees.
“Proper now within the Indian workforce, we’ve the potential to place out two groups or perhaps even three groups when it comes to the variety of gamers accessible. I do not assume many international locations can boast of that.”
“Gamers who’re a part of the 15 (for the T20 World Cup) ought to realise how necessary and the way stunning it’s to be a part of this workforce and the way proud we ought to be of representing our nation on a world stage.”