How Dinesh Karthik did a Javed Miandad to undo Rohit Sharma’s tactical blunder
Dinesh Karthik, who was demoted to number seven in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, saved Rohit Sharma’s side the blushes with a magnificent cameo to clinch the title, finishing off with a Javed Miandad-esque last-ball six.
India had slipped badly in their pursuit of 167 in the final of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 tri-series against Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma’s side needed 34 off 12 balls.
Vijay Shankar, batting in the tournament for the first time, struggled with dot ball pressure.Manish Pandey, who had struck some lusty blows, had fallen for 28 in the 18th over. Mustafizur Rahman had just bowled a wicket-maiden to put Bangladesh on top.
Dinesh Karthik walked in at No.7 to partner Vijay Shankar. The situation was dire. Many experts had believed that Karthik’s demotion below Shankar was a tactical blunder by Rohit Sharma. The move to promote Shankar was not working. In the post-match press conference, Rohit admitted that Karthik was upset with the demotion but did not say it was a tactical blunder.
“He was quite upset with that (demotion). I told him whatever skill you have, it will be required in the last three or four overs. Had we lost the game, you can say that it would have looked bad. But that was the idea – to have Dinesh at the back end because he’s batted in that position in a list of games for his state teams,” Rohit said.
Although Karthik was upset, he was determined to give India the Nidahas Trophy. The tone was set in the first ball of the 19th over itself. Rubel Hossain, who had figures of 3-0-13-2 before the over, bowled a low full toss which Karthik hammered over long on. The next ball was worked past the gap at mid on. Suddenly, India found a reason to believe.
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