India’s tour to New Zealand didn’t end on a desired note as the visitors slumped to a four-run defeat in the third and final T20I to concede the series 1-2.
Despite a 63-run stand from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya for the seventh-wicket, India couldn’t reach the target of 213.India needed 16 runs of the last over. Karthik, who was at the striker’s end, took two runs off the first ball before playing out two dot balls. It was the third ball of the over when Karthik refused to take a single despite Krunal making a run for it.
India eventually went on to lose the match as India managed two singles and a six of the last three balls.
Karthik's decision drew criticism online as well as from on-air commentator Gautam Gambhir, who slammed Karthik for denying Krunal the run, despite the latter slamming a six off the last ball of the previous over.Many people mocked Karthik on Twitter and asked whether he thought himself to be Dhoni. In 2012, during in the Commonwealth Bank Series Dhoni refused a double to Ravichandran Ashwin against Australia. Only difference in that scenario was that Dhoni saw India home India with 2 balls to spare.
Here’s a look at how Karthik faced flak on Twitter for his decision:
Lot of talk about Karthik turning down the single like Dhoni used to. He was in great touch, was backing himself. In the heat of the moment you do things by instinct. He will realise he should have taken it given Pandya was hitting well. Not sure would've made a difference though— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 10, 2019
Brilliant hitting by DK but small mistakes have a big effect on the result in T20s. Was a mistake to not take that single with Krunal at the other end.#IndVsNZ— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 10, 2019
Mr. Dinesh Karthik you are not MS DHONI to deny a single and then finish with sixes. You might have done it once but you can't do it every time like MS does... #INDvsNZt20— Bastele Jhakday (@bastelej) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik thinks he was Dhoni. Okay absolutely fine. But he thought Krunal Pandya is Ashwin????? #NZvIND— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik should not play for India after this. That is the most horrible thing I’ve seen in a while.— ADITYA (@StarkAditya) February 10, 2019
While many Twitter users batted for Karthik and gave him the benefit of doubt.
Dinesh Karthik since 2017 in T20Is:— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 10, 2019
16 - Innings.
11 - Not Outs.
290 - Runs.
56.44 - Average.
163.31 - Strike Rate.
48 - Highest Score.
Not good to blame someone like Dinesh Karthik for the defeat when he's performing such brilliant since last couple of years. #NZvIND
I remember MS Dhoni doing the exact same thing Karthik did and he had Rayudu at the other end. So stop judging, I'd actually salute Karthik for taking the responsibility on his shoulders. #NZvIND— Maverick (@maverickmonger) February 10, 2019
I know there will be criticism over @DineshKarthik's call to refuse the single there, but i'm very sure him over Pandya was the right call.If anybody in this Indian side can win a last over/ball game it is Karthik.#NZvInd— Siddharth Mishra (@Mirror_ur_self) February 10, 2019
Why everyone bashing KARTHIK? Look at his strike rate! What about ROHIT SHARMA ?? He played 32 balls for 38runs! Leaving too much for others to come... Those are morons who are blaming Karthik! https://t.co/gMo7dhvadl— EINSTEIN (@WritersGem) February 10, 2019
To all those saying Karthik should have taken that single, below is the image where everyone said "Kartik will wonder why he took that single"? (India vs Australia T20) @GautamGambhirpic.twitter.com/5h3BjntmE5— jehan kothari (@jehans27) February 10, 2019