In the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018, India were facing Bangladesh at Colombo and Dinesh Karthik rose to the occasion as a hero by not just hitting the winning shot but ensured victory from a losing position. Karthik came to bat at the 7th position after India needed 34 runs to win from 12 balls.
It was a tough and tense situation but Karthik pulled it off heroically by slamming 29 off just 8 balls, including a six off the last ball when 5 runs were needed for victory. However, fans were unhappy with the fact that why Karthik was sent so late in the match, who was going through a good form.
Interestingly, little did anyone knew about that not just fans but even Karthik was unhappy with the same reason and was very angry. Rohit Sharma was the captain of the Indian team in that match and explained the entire scenario recently in a chat show named What the Duck while speaking to anchor Vikram Sathaye.
The conversation started when Sathaye asked about Karthik’s batting position in that match and Rohit answered by saying, “Dinesh wasn’t happy with his batting position in that match. Considering his previous performances in that tournament and the previous one in South Africa, he was in great form. He didn’t score that big but made those winning runs which were really important for the team. He was expecting for top order line up but he wasn’t getting the top order position and had to play at 6.”
Rohit then moved on to what exactly happened in the final and expressed, “He had a chance in final to play at number 5 but that day I decided to send Vijay in first because I wanted an experienced player like him to be at the bottom order but he didn’t like that. Because I thought they (Bangladesh) have two experienced bowlers to bowl in death, Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain and in that tournament, they had done good bowling. So, I wanted Dinesh to be there.”
“So, this was my thinking. After I got out and came into the dugout, Dinesh was staring at me angrily. I told him, ‘Dinesh it’s okay, it will be better than you go in the end and finish the game off.’ He just said, ‘Yeah okay.’ I asked what happened, he replied, ‘You should have sent me in the top order.’ He turned red with anger. So I wanted him to calm down because he had to bat. I told him then,’They have two experienced bowlers so you go and manage them’ But he was too angry to even respond,” Rohit added.
Rohit then moved away from him in order to keep Karthik calm and quipped, “I did not want him to play in such a bad temper I wanted him to maintain his frame of mind so I left the place. I took my pads off and left for the dressing room. Dinesh went to bat. Manish Pandey got out too. And Karthik scored around more than 20 runs in the Rubel Hossain’s over Then we wanted 10 runs in the last over. Vijay Shankar scored a boundary but then even he got out Then, we needed 5 runs in one ball.”
“Everyone was very nervous as to what will happen I was also very nervous, I removed my pad and went inside, I was not even looking at the last ball. Suddenly I heard a loud noise and everyone was running around in our dressing room. I was guessing what if he has hit a 4 and it led to the super over or if it was a six and we won the match. I ran out to see to find the whole team already on the ground celebrating the victory. Then I realised that we won,” said Rohit.
Then Sathaye questioned Rohit about whether Karthik came thanking the captain or not, to which the Indian skipper said, “He didn’t say anything to me on the ground. We won, all of us congratulated him and talked to him He was thanking everyone and to me too he said, ‘Yeah, thank you’. He thanked me later when we had a small celebration He said, ‘Thank you Rohit, I think that was a better position for me.'”
Since that heroic knock, Karthik has seen a sudden rise in his fan following and then bagged captaincy for Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League 2018. Karthik-led the team to playoffs in his maiden stint with KKR.