Dinesh Karthik opens up on refusing single to Krunal Pandya in NZ T20I

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 0

Dinesh Karthik was subject to criticism on social media after he refused a single to Krunal Pandya in the final T20I against New Zealand recently.

India fumbled in their chase of 213 runs, struggling at 145-6 at one stage, before Karthik and Krunal joined hands to take the battle to the wire.

Needing 16 runs off the final over, Karthik denied Pandya a single, only to eventually fall short by four runs and concede the three-match series 1-2.

Fans took to Twitter to show displeasure at the strategy. Why didn’t Karthik take that single? Does he think he is Dhoni?” one user questioned.

“Dinesh Karthik is clearly not a fan of Salman Khan. He doesn’t believe in Hit and Run,” another one added.

Opening up on the incident, Karthik said: “I think Krunal and I batted really well from that situation. 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.

“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. Some days you are able to hit a boundary, some days the bowler does a good job.”

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