Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik recalls the moment that happened in the Indian dressing room during the Nidahas Trophy finals. India played against Bangladesh in the finals of the Nidahas Trophy in 2018.
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Bangladesh set a target of 167 to chase where India drops to 133 runs for 5 wicket loss and lands in trouble. Dinesh Karthik as a savior hits an impressive 29 runs for 8 deliveries and leads India to win the trophy.
With a boundary required to draw or a six to win, DK hits a flat-six and makes the night to remember forever.
Regarding this match, DK opens up a few unknown things which happened inside the dressing room before he steps in. Dinesh reveals that it was the then Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma who insisted that the wicketkeeper-batsman had to bat lower. Karthik revealed the constant change in plans left him angry but he was glad everything worked out well.
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Dinesh Karthik opens on the moment
“I was first ready to bat at number 5 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,” Karthik said on the eighth episode of “The Finish Line” which was aired on Baseline Ventures’ YouTube.
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“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.”
India is in need to score 34 runs from 12 deliveries which seems to be a bit higher for India to chase down. Rubel Hossain bowls the 19th over and makes a six off the first ball he faced and a boundary of the second delivery. Bangladesh stuns on the DK’s performance and starts to plan to restrict from scoring further.
But nothing stops DK where India is in need to score 5 runs to win, a six to win, or a boundary to draw. Soumya bowled the last over where DK makes a six and bags the victory for India.
“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,” Karthik added.
“I had always practiced situations – 12 runs from 1 over, 20 runs from 2 overs, etc. But I don’t think I had practiced 34 runs from 2 overs. When I went in, I knew the shots I could play and I executed them on that day.”