Tamil Nadu batsman Dinesh Karthik has made innumerable comebacks into the Indian National Team, but with the tough competition he is facing from youngsters like Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, he will have to keep performing to not lose his sleep over his place in the team.
"May be it is (the last of comebacks) but I have not looked at it that way,"
"If you start thinking on those lines (future in the team), you put extra pressure on yourself. I am satisfied with the way I batted in ODI series against New Zealand and would aim to do the same whenever I get the next opportunity."
In the recently-concluded ODI series against the BlackCaps, he was a part of the playing XI in all three games. In the first ODI, batting at number five, he made 37 runs, and followed that up with a knock of 64 runs in the second ODI in which he batted at number four.
"I don't know if it was my best ODI innings but it surely was an important one, personally as well as for the team," recalled Karthik.
The wicketkeeper batsman is currently attending a preparatory camp at the NCA to work more on his fitness ahead of the ODIs against Sri Lanka. He revealed that inputs from coach Shastri has helped him get better at the game.
"In terms of feelers (for the future) from the team management, nothing has been communicated. But regarding my batting, I did have a long chat with Ravi bhai (Shastri).
"He was happy with my batting against New Zealand but he said there are still areas where I can improve upon, especially maintaining the tempo of the innings since he feels I have all the shots. I agree with him and that is what I would look to do."