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Karthik stays positive

New Delhi: When Delhi DareDevils bought Dinesh Karthik for an astounding Rs 12.5 crore at the IPL auctions it did raise a few eyebrows. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman knows only too well that the franchise has pinned a lot of hope on his ability to win matches.

“Of course, there will be pressure. When a corporate invests in you, they have high expectations. But money is not the only issue here. As a professional, you are expected to give your best for the team irrespective of you getting more money or less,” Karthik said.

Karthik failed to make most of the opportunity in the Asia Cup which preceded the World Twenty 20. Called in as a replacement for India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Karthik missed some crucial stumpings and failed with the bat.

“To be honest, I have not worked on anything specific. It would also be tough to gauge my form with the way I played in the domestic T20s (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) as IPL will be a different ball game,” said the 28-year-old.

“Personally, I would like to take it match by match and see how it goes,” said Karthik adding Pietersen and Taylor’s presence was a big boost for the franchise. (PTI)