One of the highlights of Tamil Nadu’s win over Maharashtra in the Group B Ranji Trophy game was the impressive show by Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps. Karthik, 27, has often been criticised for his lacklustre wicketkeeping, but he has put in the hard yards and looks a better sight with the big gloves now. Karthik, who seems to be enjoying his role more at the moment, spoke to Wisden India before leaving for Delhi for Tamil Nadu’s next Ranji assignment. M. Sanjay, the former Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper and current fielding and wicketkeeping coach for the team, also provided his perspective on what Karthik has worked on. Excerpts:
You seem to have improved considerably as a wicket-keeper. Was it a confidence issue in the past that affected your skills as a ‘keeper?