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Team wants me to finish games batting at number six: Dinesh Karthik

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik on Tuesday revealed that the team management has identified the role of a finisher for him at number six even as he effusively praised former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for showing that he can still put opposition under the pump when required.

Chasing 299 in the second ODI against Australia, Karthik (25) played a key role in team’s successful, yet, tight chase by putting on 57 runs for the unconquered fifth wicket with Dhoni (55).

“I think Dhoni’s been pretty solid this series. It was the kind of innings he’s played over and over again. So it was great to watch him bat and finish off an innings. We know he can absorb pressure and release it back to the opponents when the time is right. That has always been his strength and today you saw the perfect example of that,” Karthik said.

Dhoni had faced a lot of criticism for his slow knock in Sydney but today he hit two sixes in his 54-ball 55.

“He doesn’t think there are ten overs and how to score in them, but he thinks about how the bowler is bowling now and that’s all he thinks.

“Dhoni and I knew that we were just one hit away in the last over, so we were not tense. Even the bowler knew they were under pressure as he has to execute six great balls to stop us from scoring. One mistake he made, we would have pounded on him and the first ball he hit a beautiful six which kind of sealed the deal,” he said.

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