Dinesh Karthik, the keeper-batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), confessed that despite his experience, he was anxious as he stepped in to bat in the final stages of the IPL 2022 match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
On Wednesday, RCB defeated KKR by three wickets in a low-scoring match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. In the final over, the 36-year-old smashed Andre Russell for a six and a four to give Bangalore the victory.
Karthik remarked after the triumph that cricketers are bound to be scared as humans, even if they have been in similar situations previously. In a video posted on RCB’s official YouTube account, he expressed his thoughts as follows:
“Definitely a little (nervous).” Every day is a new day, and every game is a new game. You’re human, so you’re nervous.”
The right-handed hitter explained that he was held back until the final few overs of the chase because of a decision made by the team’s thought tank. Karthik continued:
“The coach informed me that I would be held back. ‘OK, whatever the team plans, I’m pleased,’ I answered. I was excited about the opportunity. Fortunately, it turned out well.”
With five wickets in hand, Karthik came into bat with the side needing 28 off 24. Tim Southee’s two strikes in the 18th over, though, drew KKR back into the game. RCB, on the other hand, was led to victory by Harshal Patel (10*) and Karthik (14*).
RCB Bowler Wanindu Hasaranga Expresses, After win over KKR:
With 4 for 20, Wanindu Hasaranga was the hero for RCB, and his four-wicket burst helped the team dismiss KKR for 128.
“I learned some things from the prior game,” he explained, “so I changed my length and tempo.” Today I spent a lot of time discussing with Sri (Sridharan Sriram), the spin bowling coach.”
On April 5, Bangalore will meet the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.