Dinesh Karthik will hope to follow in the
footsteps of Robin Singh and lead India to a second Cup title at
the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club on
Former Hong Kong coach Singh was at the helm of
the only Indian side to win the title, when he played a
match-winning role to lead the crowd favourites to a four-wicket
triumph over the West Indies in the 2005 Cup final.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik will hope to emulate that feat with a
new-look India team that will be banking on a mix of youth and experience to pull off what would undoubtedly be a popular win
with the hordes of Indian fans.
Karthik will be at the helm
of a side that includes Ranji Trophy players Shalabh Srivastava,
Sridhran Sriram, Vignesh Ganapathy, Mayank Agarwal, Manvidner
Basla and Rajoo Bhaktal.
Much will depend on Karthik, who
has played 23 tests and 45 one-day internationals for India, and
the feisty batsman could take a leaf out of Singhís book. In 2005,
Singh led from the front, scoring an invaluable unbeaten 34 in the
final as well as excelling in the field with some tidy
Prior to 2005, India had twice been losing
finalists in the Cup competition (1992 and 1996), and the
Chennai-born Karthik will be hoping his side can go all the way
All eyes will be on Agarwal, 20, an explosive
right-hand opening batsman from Bangalore who has modelled his
style of play on Virender Sehwag. Agarwal toured Australia in 2009
with the U-19 side and hit a match-winning 160 in a one-dayer.
Another player to watch out for is opening batsman Bisla, who
has been an IPL regular since 2009. Bisla, who now plays for the
Kolkota Knight Riders, has also represented India at the Under-19
been drawn with rivals Pakistan, South Africa and hosts Hong Kong
in the preliminary round.