Dinesh Karthik was the star for the Indian team in the final of the Hero Nidahas Tri-nation T20 series. He helped India pull off an incredible run chase as India beat Bangladesh on the last-ball of the tournament on Sunday.
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DK, as he is fondly called, came to the crease in the 19th over when India needed 34 off the last 12 balls. Karthik smashed the very ball he faced straight over the bowlers head. Once he hit that six, there was no stopping the Indian wicket-keeper batsman.
India lost an important wicket of Manish Pandey when Karthik came at the crease while Vijay Shankar struggled at the other end. Shankar was promoted above Karthik in the batting lineup.
However, the match proved to be an excellent example of why experience is more beneficial than young blood. Karthik who has been in and out of the Indian team for over 15 years now proved his mettle in the final of the tri-series and completed a historic series win against Bangladesh.
However, when the entire nation was glued to their TV sets as India needed five runs of 1 ball, Indian captain Rohit Sharma who was there in the stadium did not watch the last ball.
On asked why he didn’t watch the last ball Sharma said:
“I had gone to wear pads for the Super Over. I thought there’s a possibility of a Super Over. I was wearing my pads as there were chances of a Super Over if there was a four (hit on the last ball). Hence, I did not watch the last ball.”
He concluded by adding:
“But the way we celebrated in the dressing room, I knew Dinesh had hit a six and we had won the final. I didn’t watch the last ball.”
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