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Comeback man Dinesh Karthik's chance to rewrite his script

India's horizon at the moment is a year and three quarters and if he can keep his form, he can throw his hat in the ring for the one batting spot that remains unfilled.
India's horizon at the moment is a year and three quarters and if he can keep his form, he can throw his hat in the ring for the one batting spot that remains unfilled. © AFP
Dinesh Karthik was 19 when he first played for India as a promising wicketkeeper and a batsman with a growing reputation. Thirteen years later, and after being dealt a few strange hands, he returns hoping to convert some of that potential into a rewarding international career. He won't be short on goodwill and he won't be short on ability and by staying as fit as he has, he has kept time on hold too.
He has always been eye-catching and fragile. He will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with his strokeplay and he will cause you to throw your head back in frustration at a peculiar shot. He will produce an unbelievable stumping, as he did with Michael Vaughan in 2004, and suddenly let one go past him. He will pull off a stunner, as he did at the 2007 World T20 against South Africa, and just as easily put one down. Over the years Karthik acquired a reputation for being inconsistent and it didn't help that MS Dhoni arrived and parked his car in the driveway.
Parthiv Patel, Karthik's other contemporary and rival, has spoken of the near hopelessness of having to perform in domestic cricket, aware that the opportunities would be very limited, almost non-existent. Karthik only played two Test matches post 2008 and was picked sporadically for one-day games post 2010. His personal life was going through some turbulence as well and even his many well-wishers wondered if international cricket had passed him by. 23 Tests had produced 1000 runs and there were only about 1300 runs from 70 one-day internationals.
But he kept at it and that is often easier said than done. The IPL and its generous revenues helped but eventually you are measured in runs and catches and stumpings. Karthik wasn't breaking the door down, he was knocking on it but it wasn't enough. He still greeted you with a smile (there is something very pleasant and likeable about him), his was still one of the frst names I looked for in a scorecard, but I wondered if the promise of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson would be more tempting for the selectors.
But good players don't become bad overnight. And his peers always thought he was among the most gifted players on the circuit. By sticking at it and by working on his fitness, Karthik made it clear that he didn't think the door was shut on him and sure as ever, the tide turned. Since the start of the 2016 season, he has made 1122 runs from a mere 19 innings in List A cricket at an average of 74.80. Four centuries arrived including one in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final. And in the IPL, playing for the Gujarat Lions, a team that gave the impression it was just biding its time in year 2, he made 512 runs at an average of 32 and a strike rate of 136. He wasn't just knocking on the door now.
Luckily for Karthik, India's selectors were still watching and casting their net wide. And were keen to show that performances in domestic cricket mattered. Parthiv Patel got picked again when the opportunity arose in test matches and in limited overs cricket, the call was made to Karthik.
It is very early days yet on the comeback trail, and I am sure he is aware that there are quality batsmen in India round every corner. It might seem he doesn't have as much time as some others but fitness has negated the traditional apprehensions about life in the mid-thirties. India's horizon at the moment is a year and three quarters and if he can keep his form, he can throw his hat in the ring for the one batting spot that remains unfilled.
It will be a nice twist to his story if he can do that. And it will remind people that doors aren't always shut when they seem to be
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