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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday, advancing to fight for his 11th title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. In the final, Nadal will meet Japanese Kei Nishikori, who defeated Alexander Zverev of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Dinesh Karthik's last ball six in the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh will surely be remembered in years to come. Coming in the second last over with scoreboard reading 133/5, Karthik announced his arrival at the crease with two sixes and a four in first three balls which narrowed the gap between remaining balls and required runs. The drama unfolded in the last over when India needed five runs in the last ball. Karthik slammed a flat six over extra cover to clinch the issue. Let us have a look at few instances when the batsman has won the game off the last ball of the match.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a brilliant cameo towards the end as India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series at the R.Premadasa Stadium.
After completing a successful decade, Indian Premier League is now entering the second decade of the tournament. The biggest auction in the IPL history is around the corner and the teams will be looking at every permutation and combination to make their team the strongest that the rest. RCB have already retained likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Ahmed and they still have an opportunity to get two players with the Right to Match option. We at Sportswallah have a look at which players can make RCB the force to reckon with.
Dinesh Karthik was picked was part of the Indian team during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and also India's tour of West Indies. He did not get to play a single game in the Champions Trophy, however he got a chance to play two ODIs and a T20I against West Indies. He now wants to return to Test cricket as well and says he would love to play under Virat Kohli's leadership. However, Karthik also stresses on the fact that his aim is to play in the ICC World Cup 2019.
"I want to try to push for a spot in the Test team now that I am part of the ODI and T20 sides. That is a plausible dream for me. I would love to wear the whites again and play under Virat Kohli's captaincy. The kind of shots I have, it can make an impact in the middle-order," said Karthik, according to ndtv.com.
"It is important to make use of the opportunity given to me in the One-dayers. But I don't want to keep thinking about it and put pressure on myself. The plan is to score runs whenever I get an opportunity. It feels good to score runs for the country. Feels good to be back in the team. The aim is to play the World Cup in 2019," he added.
India's top-scorer Dinesh Karthik rued the dropped catches that proved decisive in his team's nine-wicket loss to the West Indies in a one-off Twenty20 match, acknowledging a chance that he himself spilt. In the sixth over, Lewis went for a lofted straight drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but a mix-up between skipper Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami saw the opportunity go waste.
Four balls later, Lewis gave another chance when he heaved at a Kuldeep Yadav delivery but got a reprieve when an onrushing Karthik, at long-off, couldn't get into the position. "If mis-hits go for sixes then you know it is his day but he gave us two chances, we couldn't hold on to them. Those were costly opportunities and in T20 games every opportunity would cost you a lot. We could see the result went their way mostly because of dropped chances," Karthik said at the post- match press conference.
India’s Dinesh Karthik has made a strong case for himself to get his name registered in the playing XI against Pakistan in India’s first match in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Karthik scored 94 off just 77 balls in the second warm-up tie against Bangladesh who had India struggling at 21 for 2. This was when Karthik came on the crease and formed a good partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan.
He had failed in the first warm-up game against New Zealand, getting out on a duck after having played 9 deliveries.
Indian captain Virat Kohli is very happy with the way things have fallen since coming to England. In the press conference post the Bangladesh warm-up, he said, “Both games we got what we wanted. Batsmen got runs, bowlers were outstanding as well. When the cloud cover comes in, it's difficult for the batsmen.”
India's wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has replaced the injured Manish Pandey in the Champions Trophy squad for India. The Champions Trophy starts on June 1 and Karthik was one of the five backup players reserved for any of the availability of the squad players. It could possibly jeopardise Kolkata Knight Riders' shot at the IPL final as they play Mumbai Indians in the qualifier 2 tomorrow.
Dinesh Karthik has deservedly got a ticket to the Champions Trophy plane as he's had a tremendous domestic season. Apart from scoring scored 704 runs in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy at an average of 54.15, Dinesh Karthik also had one hundred and five fifties to his na