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    'People didn't associate Dinesh with hitting sixes. He had the ability to hit fours and the odd six, but hitting sixes (regularly) is one aspect of the game we have really worked hard on.'


    IMAGE: Dinesh Karthik and the Indian team celebrates after winning the Twenty20 tri-series title. Photograph: Kind courtesy Sri Lanka Cricket/Twitter

    xactly two years ago Dinesh Karthik was at the crossroads.

    The Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper-batsman was considering other options with his cricketing career heading towards the end.

    Unlikely help arrived in Abhishek Nayar, the veteran Mumbai all-rounder who has magically turned around DK's career.

    No one was prouder of DK's match-winning performance than Nayar.
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    "We prepared really well for the past two years and I am happy it has helped him in this way,"
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    It was a high pressure situation and yet DK looked so calm during his entire innings.

    It is obviously special that he could achieve the feat, but there has been a lot of hard work and a lot of preparation going into every tournament.

    We have practiced this for a long time because we knew what his role will be in the T20s.

    Initially, when he was drafted in the Indian team he was drafted as the No 4 and from there he slowly kept sliding down to the finisher's role.

    That was something always at the back of our minds and we were preparing really hard for it, trying to make sure that we can score as many runs as possible in 10 balls rather than batting long hours.

    So it was just short and sharp sessions, making sure that he can hit the ball really sweetly and in lesser time.

    And when you see a sense of calm it is only because he trusts his skill levels and mentally.

    He knows he has practiced it so much that it not only becomes a habit, but something you are used to.

    We prepared really well for the past two years and I am happy it has come back and helped him in this way.

    Working on his finishing abilities, was that something you worked on recently?
    We have seen him play a lot more T20 shots recently like the paddle scoop he played over the fine leg fielder in the final.

    He was always known as the guy who played in the 'V', but the game we really worked on was him hitting straight.

    People didn't associate Dinesh with hitting sixes. He had the ability to hit fours and the odd six, but hitting sixes (regularly) is one aspect of the game we have really worked hard on.

    We also worked on making sure that his bat speed increases and he could -- if he wanted to -- play around with the field because we used to always prepare in a field where we knew the kind of fields the bowlers will set to him.

    We used to prepare accordingly and come out of the situation in different fields.

    So that kind of gives you a feeling that he is able to do what he can, but as I said it is a lot of preparation with a lot of precise planning which has kind of helped it and the calmness that you see is a result of that preparation.
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