Mumbai Indians’ successful title run in IPL 2013 was propelled by consistent performers in all three departments of the game. Dinesh Karthik was one such performer, who featured in all 19 games for the franchise and excelled both with bat and behind the wickets. (Also Read: CSK vs MI - Final Report & Stats: IPL 2013)
The 27-year-old, who has been part of the MI squad for a couple of seasons, often came through in the middle order whenever his team was marred by an indifferent start with the bat. Capping off a good season with a league title, courtesy a win over the Chennai Super Kings seemed like a fitting end to his IPL 2013 campaign. (Also See: IPL 2013 Winner Mumbai Indians Celebrations - Pics)
“It has been a long journey for us. And it feels really good to be on the right side of the final result for the first time,” Karthik said. “The Playoffs loss did not play on our minds. We took it as a fresh game. And we had beaten them twice, so obviously we knew that we could beat them again.”
Karthik also mentioned how MI had to be at their best against a solid outfit like CSK. “They played a real good game against us the last time. So we knew it was going to be a good contest. Playing CSK is always tough,” he said while explaining his team’s approach during the finals.
The ‘keeper-batsman scored a total of 510 runs in IPL 2013 and effected 14 sharp dismissals behind the wicket, thereby marking his best overall season in the league. “My own form has been really good. I am really glad about what I have helped Mumbai Indians achieve this IPL. It feels special and really good,” he said.
He added that the key to his success has been a calm mind. “I have also been working on my technique. My coach has given me a lot of confidence and inputs and I am glad it paid off in the end,” Karthik said.
Karthik stated that along with the 2007 World T20 triumph, the IPL win at the Eden Gardens is something he will ‘cherish for a long time’.
He even praised senior members of the MI set-up for guiding the side over the last couple of months.
“Hats off to Anil Kumble, John Wright, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar! They have been a part of this unit and they have been helping all of us throughout this tournament,” he said.