Dinesh Karthik refusing a single in last over leads to social media firestorm

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 February 2019, 05:24 PM
Dinesh Karthik refused a single in the last over as India lost the three-match series 1-2 after losing in Hamilton. (Image credit: Twitter)
Dinesh Karthik refused a single in the last over as India lost the three-match series 1-2 after losing in Hamilton. (Image credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • India have lost eight out of 10 T20Is against New Zealand.
    • New Zealand won the three-match series 2-1.
    • India lost the Hamilton T20I by four runs.

Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya were launching a great fightback when India needed 68 runs in the last five overs during the third and final T20I in Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday. The right-handed Karthik started the fightback by launching right-arm pacer Blair Tickner over the long-off fence. Krunal Pandya got India back in the game with two fours and a six off Tim Southee in the 18th over. Both batsmen struck a six each off Scott Kuggleijn in the 19th over as India needed 16 off the last over. After a couple and a dot in the first two balls of the final over, Karthik drove the third ball to long-on but he refused to take the single. On the fourth ball, he drove a full ball to mid-off and banged the bat onto his pad. Krunal managed only a single and on the last ball, Karthik lofted Southee over extra cover for a six but New Zealand won the match by four runs to win the series 2-1.

Immediately, after Karthik hit a six, he apologised to Krunal for not taking the single but with the batsman not taking a single, he was subject to intense criticism from social media, with some people criticising him and asking the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper to retire. Some pointed out that Krunal had gotten the better of Southee a couple of overs ago and could have done the job.

The decision by Karthik to not take the single drew parallels with the time MS Dhoni refused to give the strike to Ambati Rayudu during the one-off Twenty20 International against England in Birmingham in September 2014. Needing 17 runs off the last over bowled by Chris Woakes in their chase of 181, Dhoni blasted a six over deep midwicket and took a couple as India needed nine runs off four balls. On the third ball, Dhoni refused the single but he dispatched Woakes over mid-off for a boundary to get the equation down to 5 off 2 balls. On the fifth ball, Dhoni hit to deep square leg but refused the single again and on the last ball, managed just a single as India lost by three runs. The decision by Dhoni, at that time, was subject to immense criticism.

First Published: Sunday, February 10, 2019 05:23 PM
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