Royal Challengers Bangalore’s wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has expressed disappointment over his team’s exit from the IPL 2022 after losing the 2nd Qualifier to Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets on Friday night.
Dinesh Karthik was signed by the Bangalore-based franchise in the mega-auction ahead of the biggest T20 carnival on the planet. The veteran cricketer molded in his finisher’s role perfectly as the right-handed batter has scored 330 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of over 183.
During the league stage, the Royal Challengers Bangalore finished 4th in the points table to sneak into the playoffs. While they defeated Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator, they lost to Rajasthan Royals in the 2nd Qualifier.
“It is hurting big time” – Dinesh Karthik on RCB’s exit
In a video shared by the official account of RCB, Karthik could be seen talking about how the Reds wanted to make the most of this season and the way how their run in the competition is ended is disheartening.
“It has been very good for me. But I’m very very disappointed today because these are the kind of seasons where you want to go the distance and you know find the meaning and try to be that guy that will help the team win championships. I’ve always wanted to do that. Not being able to cross the line is hurting big time. I’m trying to put on a big smile and a lot of other people have tried really hard, but the fact is that I think we had a good campaign and we played some really good cricket. We are really proud of ourselves. We have been under pressure a lot and have dealt with it really well,” said Dinesh Karthik.
The veteran wicketkeeper also praised the youngsters, including Shahbaz Ahmed and Rajat Patidar for their contribution to the team’s success. He praised the youngsters’ ability to deliver in the pressure situations.
“The key thing for RCB is that the youngsters have stood out. They have literally shone like a beautiful evening sun. It’s been a great sight to see them develop and grow and show a lot of other players how it should be done under pressure. That’s been the strength of our RCB system.”
Dinesh Karthik also talked about the massive fanbase Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoy. He said that despite playing for many teams in the IPL, he hasn’t come across a better fanbase than the RCB have. He also added that he is overwhelmed with the love and support he received throughout the tournament.
“I have been a part of many teams. But this is the best fanbase that I have ever been a part of. The cheers that I’ve got on the ground, I’ve never got it anywhere. Without fans like you all, people like me at this age won’t be pushing myself to try and achieve what I’m trying to achieve. You guys mean a lot in my life because it’s one thing trying to play the IPL. But when you’re able to put a smile on a lot of people’s faces, that is the real reason why you play sports. I am really grateful to have found this franchise and its fanbase,” concluded Dinesh Karthik.