You can not buy experience, says Dinesh Karthik

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2018

ALSO READ: Mujeeb set to use Ashwin-taught mystery ball against India Recently, after routing Bangladesh in a three-match T20 series, Stanikzai said that Afghanistan have "better quality spinners" than India.

And with Wriddhiman Saha out injured, Karthik earned a call-up for the one-off Test against Afghanistan here.

"We have a lot of experience, not just in Test cricket, but also in First Class cricket".

Karthik said that value of experience can never be undermined, a testimony is a whopping 476 Test wickets between Ravichandran Ashwin (311) and Ravindra Jadeja (165 wickets). "I am very sure that they (Afghanistan) would be better bowlers by the start of the next Test match than what they are now", Karthik said.

"Experience pays, as you saw with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL".

He feels that Afghanistan spinners' phenomenal show in shorter versions can be transformed in longer versions also. There is no reason why they can't do it in red ball cricket. But I would say our spinners have a lot of experience and I would say experience can't be easily bought. "Even if I don't play the sport at the highest level, I want to be content with the fact that I have given everything I had - both on and off the field", he said.

The wicket-keeper batsman said that Afghanistan's journey should be put into perspective simply because what the players have achieved in an environment of turmoil. Not many people knew Afghanistan played cricket.

"Oh! it's a attractive journey isn't it. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 percent", said the top-order batsman.

The stumper supported ICC's decision to grant Afghanistan Test status.

"Credit to them (TN Ranji side) as well for having put up with me over the tough years". They are trying to beat all the odds with little infrastructure that they have got.

The dashing keeper-batsman also feels that playing Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu kept him on his toes as the team was playing Ranji Trophy knock-outs nearly every two years. "It's a historic moment for them and an opportunity for us to be part of the occasion", Rahane was quoted as saying in an ICC release.They have a fine team and some talented players, who have proved themselves in shorter formats. Afghanistan could be a template for other countries that nothing is impossible.

Adding more to this, Karthik admitted that more teams can take up the challenge and can do well in the game. Many countries can take this route and take the challenge and do as well as they can.

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