Dinesh Karthik’s match-winning heroic knock at the nail-biting final against Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy 2018 has won him numerous admirers all across the country. Despite the fact that India was struggling as it needed 34 runs from the last two overs, Kartik played superbly and hammered 16 runs in the first three deliveries that he faced. On the last ball, Karthik faced a full length delivery from Soumya Sarkar and hit it over extra cover boundary for a six. India won the match and the trophy by 6 wickets.
Karthik scored sensational 29 runs from just eight balls. En route his innings he created a few records too.
He scored runs at a strike-rate (min 25 runs in an innings) of 362.50 against Bangladesh, which is comparable to that of Yuvraj Singh who also had a strike rate of 362.50 against England in 2007 at Durban. Yuvraj had scored 58 runs from 16 deliveries.
At the same time, Karthik’s strike-rate in T-20Is (accolade shared jointly with Yuvraj Singh) is second in the world, after West Indies’ DR Smith. Smith had a strike-rate of 414.28 against Bangladesh at Johannesburg. In addition, Karthik’s score of 29 runs is the highest by an Indian at number 7 against Bangladesh in T20Is.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who was rested from the Nidahas Trophy, was all praise for Karthik and the Indian team and took to Twitter to send a message to India’s latest hero.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 19, 2018