Dinesh Karthik Played A Fiery Knock In 1st T20I And Fans Can’t Keep Calm

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Dinesh Karthik Played A Fiery Knock In 1st T20I And Fans Can’t Keep Calm

Dinesh Karthik Played A Fiery Knock In 1st T20I: If there is one player who is as certain to be picked in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia as skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya – then it is Dinesh Karthik. The man who had been ignored for the past …


Dinesh Karthik Played A Fiery Knock In 1st T20I And Fans Can’t Keep Calm

Dinesh Karthik Played A Fiery Knock In 1st T20I: If there is one player who is as certain to be picked in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia as skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya – then it is Dinesh Karthik.

The man who had been ignored for the past three years has now sealed his berth on the flight to Australia with sizzling performances in the last few months, and, in fact, is arguably the best T20 finisher going around in the world – at the age of 37!

He gave another solid, justifying his role of a finisher performance in the first T20I against West Indies on Friday in Trinidad.

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Dinesh Karthik gives India a great finish

At the fall of India’s fifth wicket, Karthik came in to bat at the end of the 15 over, the perfect time for him to have a look at the conditions and unleash himself on the West Indies bowlers with his array of shots.

This was not as flat a pitch as Karthik made it seem – by striking 41 runs off only 19 balls. He walloped 4 fours and 2 sixes in his blistering knock, finishing with a strike rate of 215!

He was summoned to bat at India’s score of 127/5 which then became 138/6 and India faced a prospect of finishing with a below-par total as no batter really hung around with skipper Rohit Sharma who departed after scoring 64 runs off 44 balls, when Karthik entered.

He straightaway creamed Alzarri Joseph for a cover boundary to get himself going. He ran his twos hard and was 14 off 10 by the end of the 18th over. Then came the mayhem, the sort of with which he took the attention of the selectors during the IPL 2022, where, batting for RCB, he smashed 330 runs at a strike rate of 183.

First, he hammered Jason Holder with a six on the legside and a four on the offside in an expensive 21-run 19th over from the experienced all-rounder. And then, in the 20th over, Karthik tore into Obed McCoy, thundering the left-arm pacer for a six down the ground and two boundaries behind the square to complete India’s innings with the momentum.

Fans on Twitter were amazed at the consistency, accuracy and timing with which Dinesh Karthik has been scoring runs in the death overs, the most difficult phase of the game to score quick runs.

Here are some of the best reactions of fans on DK’s mayhem today:

https://twitter.com/hit_ahir_1718/status/1553054917916471298

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