Sydney, January 16: Team India upcoming finisher Dinesh Karthik on Tuesday said the Indian team management has asked him to play the role of a finisher after his cameo helped the side win over Australia in the second ODI here.
Chasing 299, Karthik (25) stitched together a 57-run stand with MS Dhoni (55) to take India over the line.
"I ve practised it (finishing games), worked on it and it s a skill I think is very important. It s a skill where you need to have a cool head. A lot of experience helps. This is probably one of the hardest skills in the game. To finish a match and be on the winning side is something that is great to be a part of.
"Definitely the team management has told me this is the role for me right now. And they want me to do the best I can. They are backing me completely. They have told me that this is where I m going to bat and this is what they expect out of me and I m trying to achieve that," he strssed.
On Dhoni rediscovering his touch, Karthik said: "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.
"He knew his plans and I knew my plans and we were just complementing each other," he added.
"He doesn t think there are 10 overs and how to score in them, but he thinks about how the bowler is bowling now and that s all he thinks.