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Dinesh Karthik’s bat, who returned to Team India at the age of 37, spoke fiercely in the series against South Africa. Karthik became a part of the Indian team for the first time since 2019. Like IPL 2022, in this series also he played the role of finisher (the player who finishes the match by batting at number 5,6,7). When the top order flopped completely in the fourth T20, it was because of his half-century that the team was able to score a good score.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma understood 4 years ago that Karthik has the ability to finish the game with his bat. In such a situation, he wanted to send Karthik to finish the match, but Karthik became very angry about this. Let me tell you the whole story…
Karthik’s anger was shown in the final of 2018 Nidahas Trophy
The Nidahas Trophy was played in 2018 between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. In an interview about the same match, Rohit Sharma had said that Dinesh was unhappy about not being sent to bat in the upper order in the final match.
He was supposed to play at No. 6, but I sent Vijay Shankar in his place. After this, when I went to him after getting out, he was very angry with me. He started saying that I have done wrong with him. He should have gone to bat before Vijay Shankar.
Seeing his anger, I tried to explain to him. I told him I want you to finish the match for us. Because you will be needed in the last overs of the match. Mustafizur Rahman will come to bowl in the last over. It is important to have an experienced batsman like you to play them. So you go to number seven.
Karthik got more angry with this. Seeing them getting furious, I left from there and went inside to the dressing room. I wanted him to be calm. After some time, he made Team India win by hitting a six and when he returned, he came and said thank you to me.
29 runs in 8 balls
In the final match, it seemed that Team India would lose, but Karthik came at number-7 and finished the match. He scored 29 runs in 8 balls. His strike rate was 362.50. On the last ball, India needed 5 runs to win and Dinesh gave the victory to Team India by hitting a six.
Rohit’s experiment is now working
Rohit’s experiment in 2018 is now working. Dinesh Karthik has been batting amazing since IPL 2022. This season his bat scored 330 runs in 16 matches. His best score was 66 not out. At the same time, his strike rate was 183.33. Based on his performance, he was selected in Team India.
Coach Dravid also gave him the responsibility of finishing the match like in IPL. Karthik fulfilled that responsibility in the series and scored 92 runs in 5 matches at an average of 46. His strike rate was 158.62.
The kind of form Dinesh is in, this player can rock this year’s World Cup. Former India veteran Sunil Gavaskar has also said that Karthik should be made a part of the World Cup team at any cost.