Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Indian skipper MS Dhoni`s side strain forced him to miss the upcoming Asia Cup, giving an opportunity to talented Dinesh Karthik, who will replace him during the two-week event, starting from February 25.
The Tamil Nadu player is not only a safe man behind the stumps but also more than handy a batsman. Karthik is an outstanding athlete who can bat at any given position with an ease. In the presence of Dhoni, the right-hander hardly managed to find a place in the Indian team. But in the recent past, whenever Karthik got a chance to prove his mettle, he put his best foot forward.
From domestic leagues to the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), he has shown what he is capable of. He has worked really hard on his batting and shown immense improvement in his game. Known for his counter attacking, the transformed right-hander is a perfect replacement of Dhoni.
Karthik`s value as cricketer can be easily judged from the recently held IPL-7 bidding, where he emerged as the second costliest player. The Delhi franchise - Delhi Daredevils - snapped him for a whopping sum of 12.50 crore. He played a few outstanding knocks for his Mumbai franchise in the last season which helped Mumbai Indians to win their maiden IPL trophy.
In the Asia Cup, Kathik will give skipper Virat Kohli a much needed flexibility in the batting order as the 28-year-old can bat up the order as well as in the middle. It seems that Karthik`s stars are favouring him at the moment as after being sold at a good price in the IPL-7 auction, now he will play in the all-important Asia Cup. One would hope he can play up to his reputation and help India clinch the high-profile tournament.