Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik says that he enjoys batting at number three position in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). His comments came in the wake of his superb act against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.
Both legendary batsmen, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar could not contribute significantly for Mumbai. After the loss of two big guns, the pressure was huge on Karthik, who came out to bat at number three position.
The right-hander rose to the occasion, and smashed a classy knock of 86 off 48 balls. He hit 14 boundaries and a couple of big sixes. Rohit Sharma also did well, and added crucial 74 runs to the total.
Thanks to Karthik and Sharma, the Mumbai Indians put up a huge total of 209 on the board. In reply, David Warner and Manprit Juneja tried to fish the side out of the troubled waters, but their effort was not enough.
As a result, the home side won the game by 44 runs. Karthik was given the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his wonderful show with the bat. He stated after the match that the one-down position is ideal for him, as he likes this batting spot.
"This whole year has been good for me. I had a good domestic season and it is important that you carry forward that momentum into Twenty20 cricket. I am very confident that given a chance at any level, I will be able to do the best I can, so I am just motivated
enough to get runs on the board," he said.
"When I bat at number three, it’s a slot that I really like batting at. It gives me the opportunity to play in the power play (overs). It is important that when a team like Mumbai Indians gives you the opportunity up at the top, you have got to put their
faith back in them and show some efforts and get some runs," he told reporters in a post-match conference here.
The Mumbai Indians are now on top of the table with four points. Their next encounter will be against Pune Warriors India on Saturday, April 13th.