12 years later, Karthik in the World Cup team, will this opportunity be available in the playing eleven?

Dinesh Karthik (Twitter-KKR)
Dinesh Karthik (Twitter-KKR)

Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that being a part of the Indian cricket team in the World Cup is a dream come true for him. The 15-member Indian team was announced on Monday for the one-day World Cup, which will be hosted by England and Wales on May 30.

Young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has not been given the place in the team. Dinesh Karthik has been given the opportunity to replace him as the second wicketkeeper. Kartik said on Monday night at his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders website, "I am very excited. After long, the dream of being a part of this team is to be true. '

Karthik, who played 91 ODIs for India, said further, "As a team, we have done some special things and now I am going through that phase and I really want to be a part of this team."

Significantly, Karthik made his ODI debut in September 2004. That is, Karthik made his debut three months before Dhoni's debut. Karthik was included in the 2007 World Cup squad as Dhoni's back-up, but then he could not get a chance to play. After this, he could not be selected in the 2011 and 2015 World Cup. After all, he has been kept in the Indian team for the World Cup 2019.

Selection Committee chief MSK Prasad on the question of giving priority to Kartik on Pant said that Karthik's experience went in his favor. Prasad said, "We have considered Pant and Karthik. Karthik is an experienced player so we chose him. When Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be there in the team, he should be an experienced player to handle the team in difficult times, who can handle the match by staying calm. In this case, Karthik went ahead. '