Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has hailed the Virat Kohli-led Team India’s fighting spirit, stating that the Men in Blue have the self-belief that they can win from possibly any situation.
Dinesh Karthik’s comments came after the home side came back brilliantly to turn the tables on England following a whirlwind assault by the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.
Chasing 318, England were rollicking along at 0/135 in just 14 overs with Bairstow and Roy going hammer and tongs against the Indian bowlers. But the hosts bowling attack kept their cool and eventually turned the tables on England as the visitors lost their 10 wickets for a further 116 runs to hand India a comfortable 66-run victory.
”This Indian team believes they can win from any situation. 14.2 overs 135-0, and from there, to get them all out in the next 116 runs, it takes a special effort. Credit to the fast bowlers, out of the ten wickets, 9 fell to fast bowlers,” Dinesh Karthik said on Sky Sports Cricket.
England continued to lose wickets at regular intervals during the middle-overs and while Dinesh Karthik admitted that some of the shots played by the English batsmen were ordinary, he heaped praise on the Indian seamers for constantly bowling probing lengths and a few unplayable deliveries like the one Moeen Ali got courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“There must be something they (Indian fast bowlers) must be doing right because England couldn’t get many wickets through the middle whereas India kept chipping away. Yes, some ordinary shots were played, but the way they bowled, some of the balls that they bowled, especially the one to Moeen Ali. The pressure they created in the middle was fabulous,” added Karthik.
Karthik also added that the winning mentality and killer instinct in the Indian team is not just because of Virat Kohli but it also because of the presence of a plethora of aggressive personalities like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
“We speak a lot about Kohli because of his antics and body language. But there are quite a few intense characters there- Hardik Pandya; you see him he will be chirping all the way; he is somebody who doesn’t want to let go. You see Rohit Sharma- he is a quiet guy but plays with so much aggression Bhuvneshwar Kumar- if you speak to him, he doesn’t take losses really well. These kinds of characters with Kohli – the captain of Team India and he leads from the front with the bat and with his body language,” Karthik added.