Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik share a light-hearted moment during the first T20I against Australia in Mohali.
Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik share a light-hearted moment during the first T20I against Australia in Mohali. Image: Twitter

Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, was seen holding Dinesh Karthik’s neck in the first T20I match between India and Australia on Tuesday after choosing to request a review.

With a three-match series against the defending T20I World Champions Australia starting on Tuesday, the stakes were high for India as they began their final T20I World Cup preparations.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

When Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, established a challenging total, Australia was tasked with chasing it down. Cameron Green, acting as a temporary opener, had an impressive start for Australia. During Australia’s record-breaking run chase at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, star hitter Steve Smith teamed up with an on-song Green after losing captain Aaron Finch in the first Powerplay.

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. (Photo: Twitter)

Although Smith appeared to be in good form, Umesh Yadav defeated the Australian batter in the 12th over and stopped Smith in his tracks. Curiously, pacer Umesh shocked Australia with his second strike in the same over by eliminating Glenn Maxwell after another successful Decision Review System (DRS) call.

Watch: Rohit Sharma's Aggressive Gesture Toward Dinesh Karthik After The India Keeper Does Not Appeal For DRS

Rohit Sharma was seen playfully grabbing Dinesh Karthik’s neck:

Indian captain Rohit was spotted playfully grabbing Dinesh Karthik’s neck after choosing the review. After the senior gloveman, a longtime teammate and friend somehow failed to request a review, Rohit made fun of him.

Rohit’s amusing on-field antics quickly gained widespread attention. Rohit’s hostile gesture toward DK, as opposed to Maxwell’s ejection, immediately gained popularity among his fans and followers on social media.

Speaking of the game, Australia recovered through the batting prowess of Matthew Wade after losing superstars Maxwell and Smith in the gruelling run chase.

In the high-scoring match on Tuesday in Mohali, Wade, who helped Australia reach the ICC World T20 final last year, showed off his power hitting against Team India.

Watch: Rohit Sharma's Aggressive Gesture Toward Dinesh Karthik After The India Keeper Does Not Appeal For DRS

Australia dominated their chase of 209 to clinch the series opener in Mohali by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.

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