â€œI don't know the secret of our success. We are playing well in this format of the game that's important for us. It's important that somebody stands out in the game, that's been happeningâ€
Murali Kartik has long been on the fringes of the national team. He has a high-arm action straight from the coaching manual, and possesses all the weapons in his arsenal.
He forced his way into the Indian team in 1999-2000 after impressive performances in the domestic games. This was when he started out in the Delhi junior system, moved through the age group ranks at Railways and was selected for the Indian Under-19 team.
Kartik made his first-class debut in 1996â€“97 and after a few productive seasons at domestic level, made his Test debut in early-2000 as Anil Kumble's bowling partner. He made his ODI debut in 2002. That was when he made his mark as a one-day bowler against West Indies in 2002-03, consistently keeping the batsmen in check on flat. He was recalled in late-2003 for limited overs matches.
However, his best moment clearly came at Mumbai, against Australia in 2004-05 when he ran through the Australian batting on a dustbowl, taking seven wickets in the match to bowl India to a famous win. Kartik played in three Tests as India fielded three spinners, and claimed Man of the Match award. In late 2005, Kartik became a regular member of the ODI team.
His stint with Middlesex in 2007 brought him back into contention and his 12 wickets at 20.75 from eight Pro40 games allowed him to break back into the Indian one-day side in the middle of the seven-match series against Australia in October 2007.