Mumbai: Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who became the leading scorer in the ongoing IPL after a match-winning effort against the Delhi Daredevils, said he enjoys batting at number three as it helps him make the best use of powerplay overs. (Agencies)
The 27-year-old has 183 runs in three matches and he attributed his form to the good domestic season he had coming into the tournament.
"This whole year has been good for me. I had a good domestic season and it is important that you carry forward that momentum into Twenty20 cricket. I am very confident that given a chance at any level, I will be able to do the best I can, so I am just motivated enough to get runs on the board," he said.
"When I bat at number three, it's a slot that I really like batting at. It gives me the opportunity to play in the power play (overs). It is important that when a team like
Mumbai Indians gives you the opportunity up at the top, you have got to put their faith back in them and show some efforts and get some runs," he told reporters in a post-match conference here.
Mumbai lost their openers -- batting stalwarts Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar -- with just a run on the board, but Karthik (86) shared a 132-run stand with Rohit Sharma (74 not out) to propel the side to a massive 209 for 5.
"Obviously Ponting and Sachin paaji are two big wickets. I was thinking that if there would be a good partnership between me and Rohit then it will always help the team," he said.
"If you see the team's context, every knock is important considering we were no less than one for two and it was important that Rohit and I put up a big partnership and theway he batted was just beautiful. He was giving me the strike when I required it and towards the end, he hit the big shots after I got out," he added.
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who became the leading scorer in the ongoing IPL after a match-winning effort against the Delhi Daredevils, said he enjoys batting at number three as it helps him make the best use of powerplay overs.