first_imgDinesh Karthik has hit back at controversial cricketer S Sreesanth, who had cause a stir a few days back when he blamed the stumper for his ouster from the national cricket team.Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in spot-fixing in the IPL. Sreesanth has hwoever, always denied the allegations and had said he is innocent.Sreesanth’s career took an ugly turn when he was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL, following which he was banned for life. Last month S. Sreesanth’s ban was cut short to another seven months.Karthik has now responded to the allegations levelled by the Kerala pacer and said that it will be ‘silly’ to even react.”Yes, I have heard about S. Sreesanth’s comments that I was responsible for his ouster from the Indian team. Even to react to an allegation like that will be silly,” Karthik was quoted as saying by The Hindu.Karthik meanwhile, is currently focussing on making a comeback in the Indian T20 side and eyeing a role in the squad as a finisher.”It’s [The T20 World Cup] a year away but if I feel I can keep performing and have a good [domestic] tournament, I’m sure I will go out there and play,” Karthik, 34, told ESPNcricinfo ahead of the Vijay Hazare knockouts. “Because, I feel it’s a key part that the Indian team is looking out as well – closing out matches and have someone who can understand those situations and do the best at that point of time.advertisement”And I feel I’ve done that in the short time I’d played T20s [for India]. But, post the World Cup, I didn’t play; they clubbed it [poor run at the World Cup] with the T20 part of it and removed me from the team as well. But I feel that I’m well-suited to play that role Dhoni has played for so many years now. I feel I can do something like that and I’ve been doing that for KKR and Tamil Nadu. So, if a slot opens up there, that’s something I’ll be really looking forward to. The T20 World Cup is definitely something I’d want to play,” he said.Karthik has been out of favour after being dropped from the national team for the umpteenth time in his career after India’s heartbreaking semifinal defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019. In the two innings that he played in the World Cup, Karthik returned with scores of 8 and 6.Also Read | S Sreesanth discloses why he hates Chennai Super KingsAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik eyes Team India return with MS Dhoni-like finishing rolelast_img

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