2022 T20 World Cup Indian star to retire from international cricket; posted cryptic retirement post
Team India didn't end the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia as expected. Despite ending the group stage at the top, the Men in Blue lost badly in their semi-final game at the Adelaide Oval. England thrashed India by a massive margin of 10 wickets to knock them out of the tournament.
That resulted in the Indian Cricket Board doing some chopping and changing with the Indian team and the staff. The whole selection committee was sacked, and the management gave rest to their seniors on the tour of New Zealand to give the youngsters a chance.
However, one name who also disappointed with his own performance in the T20 World Cup was the veteran wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik. The 36-year-old scored only 14 runs in three innings that he played. That is why he was replaced by Rishabh Pant in the last two games, including the semi-final.
And then, DK was sidelined from the New Zealand tour as well. Now, the veteran wicketkeeper has come up with a cryptic Instagram post that has sparked speculation about him announcing his retirement from international cricket.
DK took to his Instagram handle and wrote about his journey to make it to the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. He also added that it didn't go as planned, but he was thankful for everyone, including teammates, coaches, fans, and supporters, for supporting him on his journey.
Earlier reports suggested that the BCCI had already signed DK and that they might look for other young players to prepare for the next T20 World Cup in 2024. A former selector who got sacked recently revealed that Dinesh Karthik was informed earlier.
He said, "The World Cup in going to finish in some days and so we need to decide whom to rest or not. He (Karthik) has been performing and he is available to us. But this time we just thought of trying a different set of players after the World Cup."
However, it seems that DK also knows that he might not wear the Indian kit again, which is why he also carried on with his commentary duties on the New Zealand tour. That means we last saw DK in Indian gear during the T20 World Cup. However, he will still play in franchise cricket.