Dinesh Karthik attracted ample of negative press after he denied single to Krunal Pandya on the third ball of the final over of the series-decider between New Zealand and India in Hamilton, which the Black Caps won narrowly. India’s middle-order batsman, Karthik has finally opened on the issue.
“Some days you are able to hit a boundary, some days the bowler does a good job. And there, you have to give credit to Tim Southee for the way he executed those yorkers under pressure. One mistake there and I am sure we would have taken him down,” Karthik was qouted as saying by The Indian Express.
“I think Krunal and I batted really well from that situation (145/6). We were able to bring the match down to a place where the bowlers were under pressure. We backed ourselves to do the job. And at that stage (after refusing the single), I genuinely believed that I could hit a six,” he added.
Notably, the Tamil-Nadu batsman had won India the Nidahas Trophy in 2018 by hitting six off the final delivery in the tournament’s finale. But, the stylish batsman couldn’t quite replicate the same magic at Seddon Park, which costed India the game and the series.
The veteran Indian batsman also said that sometimes certain things come off and at times, it doesn’t but that’s the nature of the game.
“As a middle-order batsman, a lot of times you have to trust your ability to play those big shots under pressure. It is also important to trust your partner at that time. I did not come off on that occasion but those things happen in the game of cricket,” said Karthik.