‘The Finisher’ Dinesh Karthik played an astonishing knock for the India National Cricket Team in the first T20I match of the five-match T20I series against Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies National Cricket Team at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
West Indies won the toss and invited India to bat first in the match. Pacer Alzarri Joseph made his T20I debut for West Indies and Shimron Hetmyer made his comeback to the side.
Batting first, India captain Rohit Sharma played brilliantly and he scored 64 runs off 44 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes, before being dismissed by Jason Holder. Suryakumar Yadav also made a decent contribution but other batters, including Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya failed to make any major contributions.
Dinesh Karthik came out to bat after the dismissal of skipper Rohit Sharma in the 15th over. He was only able to add 11 runs with Ravindra Jadeja before the all-rounder got dismissed in the 16th over.
After that, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik batted cautiously before going berserk against the West Indies National Cricket Team bowling attack.
The 37-year-old Dinesh Karthik scored just 17 runs in his first 12 deliveries, but then he smashed sensational 24 runs at a strike rate of 342.85 in the last 7 balls of his innings.
Overall he was able to smash 41 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes, and he batted with a strike rate of 215.78. He also added 52 runs in just 25 balls with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Meanwhile, Karthik’s 41 runs cameo knock, which came at a strike rate of 215.78, is the third best knock by an Indian batter in the T20I cricket against West Indies in terms of strike rate.
Highest Strike Rate vs West Indies in a T20I Innings for India [Minimum 30 runs]:
241.37 – Virat Kohli (70* off 29)
221.42 – Rohit Sharma (62 off 28)
215.78 – Dinesh Karthik (41* off 19)
Also, this was Dinesh Karthik’s 4th 30+ score for the India National Cricket Team, which came at a 200+ strike rate.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Dinesh Karthik’s Cameo Knock:
DK – The finisher 🔥🔥🔥
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) July 29, 2022
India have done well here with the bat. Valuable knocks by Rohit & DK. This pitch isn't a road, and the avg scoring rate at this venue is 7.40 (on the basis of CPL games, last of which was held in 2020).
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) July 29, 2022
— Jeetendra (@Jeetendra0908) July 29, 2022
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 29, 2022
Dinesh Karthik The Finisher – 41* (19). What a knock, what a finish by DK. He's proven yet again he's still good enough for India, what a player.
Take a bow, DK. pic.twitter.com/zozMTBP9tl
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 29, 2022
— Sky11 (@sky11official) July 29, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) July 29, 2022
— Suraj Kumar (@surajkumar2894) July 29, 2022
I wrote against Dinesh Karthik for not taking good advantage of opportunity,
Me to Karthik today : pic.twitter.com/qq2rJUcJgM
— g0v!ñD $#@®mA (@rishu_1809) July 29, 2022
— Shamsi (MSH) (@Shamsihaidri1) July 29, 2022
Love India's 5-6-7 to bits!! If Hardik Pandya doesn't get you, Ravindra Jadeja will. If Jadeja doesn't get you, Dinesh Karthik certainly will! Fab finish to the innings!#WIvIND
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) July 29, 2022
Dinesh Karthik in the last 7 balls – 6,4,0,6,4,0,4. He scored 24 runs in last 7 balls. That's why India reach 190 runs mark. He finish so well. pic.twitter.com/KZuOvyOfMx
— Cricket Page (@CricketPage3) July 29, 2022
India finish the innings at 190-6 in 20 overs as India faced a middle order collapse. Rohit Sharma played a great knok at start a at the the end Dinesh Kartik finsihe very well to reach a good total.#INDvWI #T20I #FanCode
— Alkesh (@Alkesh008) July 29, 2022
— ︎ ︎ (@reaadubey) July 29, 2022
— Sandeep Sanyal Azad🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@sanyal0121) July 29, 2022
— Ravi Prakash🇮🇳 (@impravi06) July 29, 2022
— Sohit Rharma (@a_t_i_m_h_s_a) July 29, 2022
— Broken Cricket Dreams Cricket Blog (@cricket_broken) July 29, 2022
— Howdy_Tweeps (@Howdy_Tweeps) July 29, 2022
DK is a beast down the order where you can do nothing else but hit.
Finishes the innings on high.#IndvsWI
— Cricwas (@Cricwas) July 29, 2022
41* off 19 balls. What a finish by Dinesh Karthik here.
— Shivani Shukla (@iShivani_Shukla) July 29, 2022
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