Dinesh Karthik, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, recently recalled his Nidahas Trophy 2018 final exploits against Bangladesh besides revealing that he was upset when Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar was sent ahead of him by skipper Rohit Sharma.
The move to send Vijay Shankar almost backfired as the seam-bowling all-rounder struggled for his timing throughout his knock and when Karthik eventually came to bat, the game looked as good as over, with India needing 34 runs off the last two overs.
”I was first ready to bat at number five and then Rohit Sharma said that I’ll be going in at number 6. So, I was fine with that. I was pretty sure I would go in at number six and I could see that the difference between the runs needed and the remaining deliveries was increasing,” Dinesh Karthik said while speaking with Saurav Ghosal on ‘Finish Line’.
“When the fourth wicket fell, I was ready to walk in, but then Rohit said Vijay Shankar should go into bat. So, at that point, I was disappointed and I felt anger, but you obviously don’t question the captain. I am sure Rohit had something in mind, so I just let it be. However, finally walked in at number 7,” he added.
‘I had nothing to lose’- Dinesh Karthik
However, it was Dinesh Karthik’s night. The right-hander proceeded to smash Rubel Hossain for 22 runs in the 19th over before smoking a last-ball six over deep extra-cover to seal a memorable triumph for the Men in Blue. Karthik, who ended up with a whirlwind 8-ball 27, recalled his thought-process during that heist.
”A lot of times in life when you’re pushed to the brink, you come up with something special. It was one of those occasions where I had nothing to lose. I had an opportunity where I had the freedom to completely express myself,” said Karthik.
“I had always practiced situations – 12 runs from one over, 20 runs from two overs, etc. But I don’t think I had practiced 34 runs from two overs. When I went in, I knew the shots I could play and I executed them on that day,” he added.