Hardik Pandya hails Dinesh Karthik after Rajkot's heroics
Hardik Pandya has expressed his admiration for Dinesh Karthik, saying his resurrection from obscurity is an inspiration for many in and outside the team.
On Friday, the 37-year-old Karthik smashed his maiden T20I fifty to help the hosts secure an 82-run victory over South Africa in the fourth T20 International.
During a chat with Karthik, the video uploaded by the BCCI on its website, Hardik recalled his past conversations with the seasoned campaigner, who is going through a dream run with the bat.
"I need to tell you this; genuinely, I want to tell you this, you have inspired many guys in their life.
"I remember the conversation you were having when you were not in the scheme of things.
Many people counted you out," Hardik told Karthik during the chat. India was struggling at 81/4 in the 13th over when stand-in skipper Pant was dismissed for 17.
It brought Karthik and Hardik together, and the pair revived the Indian innings with a brisk partnership of 65 runs.
"I remember those conversations. You told me then that my goal is to play for India again, and the goal is to play in this World Cup.
I will give it my everything, and seeing you achieve that is very inspirational. "A lot of people are going to learn new things. Well done, my brother, very proud of you," Hardik added.