IPL 2016: Dinesh Karthik seeks to take a leaf out of Virat Kohli’s book

first_imgWicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who will be plying his trade with the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions this season, said the T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots.”In modern cricket, many batsmen play innovative strokes which I think are not enough to score runs in T20 format,” the 30-year-old batsman said here at the SCA stadium in Khandheri where Gujarat Lions players started practise. (Indian Premier League 2016: Complete team list) The Lions will play their first match on April 11 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots, as batsman like Virat Kohli have been scoring lot of runs by playing only cricketing shots” he said.”In this format, the batsmen should stay calm and execute their shots selection properly to score runs,” the Chennai-born player said.Karthik, who had earlier represented Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils among other teams, said he was very happy to be associated with Gujarat Lions.”I am very happy and excited with the new team as most of things are new like coach, teammates and ground,” he added.Karthik, Pradeep Sangwan, head coach Brad Hodge, bowling coach Heath Streak arrived here yesterday, while rest of the players like captain Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja will join the team soon.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more