“I think it’s a lot of fun because even right in the World Cup, the three stadiums that come to my mind are Sydney – [where] The sides are a little smaller and the straights are longer – Adelaide, we all know the sides are quite small and again, the strait is long, while in Melbourne, it’s just the opposite – straight lines are short and the sides are very big. So, obviously we’ll be facing different stadiums wherever we’re going to play, so the challenges will be different.
“Here, the challenges were different everywhere we played. So, the fact that every time you get a chance, there is a certain challenge that comes as soon as you get in. That is the stress in itself. One of the main things about this Rohit [Sharma] and rahul [Dravid] In this series, we initially talked about adaptability and understanding situations. I think that’s something we’ve done well so far.”
“Look, now in the Indian team, we have the ability to put up two teams or maybe even three teams, in terms of the number of players available,” he said. “I don’t think many countries can boast of that, so to have only 15 players playing out of 40, there would be 20-25 players who would think: ‘Geez! This team.
“Pressing is a privilege at this time as a cricketer [and] “As an athlete,” Karthik said. It is something that is given to him [you] Only when you play at the highest level and when people expect certain things from you. I’m very happy; I think the important thing is to make sure on a certain day the situation of the match, to read the match and try to do the best on that day.”
“Pressing is a privilege at this time as a cricketer [and] as an athlete. It is something that is given to him [you] Only when you play at the highest level and when people expect certain things from you.”
Karthik on embracing pressure
Karthik once again credited Team India management with nurturing an environment that gave players the security and opportunity to grow in their roles, despite the failures.
“This is one of the happiest I have been a part of the Indian team…how much love and affection I got, not only from the team and the fans but also with the support of the captain and coach.
“That’s what I’ve been aiming for all my life and for the leader and coach to show great faith in me, it’s only fair that I restore faith by making performances that will help the team cross the line in so many ways, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”