In a thrilling finale to the Nidahas Trophy 2018, Dinesh Karthik hit a six on the final ball of the match against Bangladesh, to take India home.
Karthik held his nerves towards the end of the innings that took his side to a famous win and helped them lift the trophy.
Chasing 167, Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant half-century at the top of the order, that really helped India’s chances in the match. This was the 14th fifty of his T20I career.
After the match, Rohit Sharma revealed that he did not see Karthik hitting a six on the last ball, and was getting ready for the super over.
“I had walked back in the dressing room to wear my pads,” Rohit hilariously said at the post-match press conference.
Rohit lauded Karthik’s ability to handle pressure. “He has batted in that position in a list of games for his state teams. Even when he was playing for Mumbai Indians (in the Indian Premier League) with me, I knew his ability with the bat,” Rohit told reporters.
“He’s got some different types of skill shots that would probably be required at that point at the death overs. That was the only reason we held him back. I can proudly say it paid off.”
“Dinesh and Manish and Vijay (Shankar) knew that the pressure is on them, so one mistake here and there, and pressure does play a big part. That’s exactly what happened,” said Sharma.
“We knew he (Karthik) could finish off the game for us,” added the skipper.