Dinesh Karthik saved India from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh in the Nidhas Trophy final in 2018. Chasing a target of 167, India were staring down the barrel with the scoreboard reading 133/5 in the 18th over. The onus then shifted on incoming batsman Dinesh Karthik to help India sail over the line. And he wrote history in style!
India needed 34 runs off the final two overs as the finish line looked blurry from there. However, in those circumstances, Dinesh Karthik was not ready to surrender and calmly planned to open the attack on the opposition.
Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain was blown away all over the park for 22 runs in the 19th over. And Dinesh Karthik finished off the things with a six off Soumya Sarkar, who kept things pretty tight, in the final over. Karthik stayed unbeaten on 29 runs off 8 balls and was subsequently adjudged the man-of-the-match. In an interaction with Harsha Bhogle, Dinesh Karthik revealed how he pulled off the spirited run chase.
Dinesh Karthik: I was waiting for such a moment to prove myself
“I was waiting for such a moment like that to prove myself. I had been practicing a lot to face a chance like this. When the real situation came to go through that I think it is fun at that stage.
“Lots of it happen in an auto mode. As you practice a lot and when you are at that stage you know what you need to do. I had belief that we would win that match, it was 2 overs 34 runs to win, and I still thought that I could win this game for the team,” Karthik said on Star Sports 1’s Tamil show Mind Masters by MFORE.
The match will always be remembered as one of the fine chases in the shortest format.