Twitter reactions on Dinesh Karthik refusing a single: Twitter lashed out at the Indian batsman for his mistake in the last over.
During the third T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Hamilton, New Zealand defeated India by 4 runs to win the three-match T20I series 2-1. The given result meant that India lost their first series on their tour of Australia an New Zealand.
Chasing a mammoth 213-run target in the deciding T20I, India ended up scoring 208-6 in 20 overs. Having regularly lost middle-order wickets, India gave the impression of lacking behind in the chase.
Having said that, it was a 63-run unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket between Dinesh Karthik (33) and Krunal Pandya (26) which saw India stay alive in the game till the last three balls of the match.
Requiring 16 runs from the last over, Karthik scored a couple of runs on the first two balls. With him hitting the ball to long-on and refusing a single on the following delivery, it invited a lot of criticism for there was a set batsman at the other end and not a bowler.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who came in to bat at No. 3, top-scored for India scoring 43 (28) with the help of five fours and two sixes. With bowling figures of 3-0-27-2, Daryl Mitchell was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers.
Earlier, India captain Rohit Sharma put the hosts in to bat after winning the toss. In their allotted quota of 20 overs, New Zealand ended up scoring 212-4. Opening batsman Colin Munro top-scored for his team scoring his ninth T20I half-century, 72 (40), with the help of five fours and five sixes.
In what was the only change for India, they swapped their wrist-spinner including Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. With bowling figures of 4-0-26-2, Kuldeep Yadav justified his selection by being India’s best bowler in the match.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the riveting chase below:
— BloggerDan (@DanBlogger) February 10, 2019
Krunal ran more than half of the crease n yet he send him back!!!!
Overconfidence level – Dinesh Karthik#NZvIND
— ناہد Nahid 🏏🇮🇳 (@CricketGirl7) February 10, 2019
— Tanmoy Ghosh (@TanmoyG98846487) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik’s decision to not run is inexcusable and inexplicable. #indvsnz
— Kosturi (@Kosturi23) February 10, 2019
— Anindya Banerjee (@Chotu07) February 10, 2019
— Phenomenal_One 🇮🇳☀️ (@kingslayer112) February 10, 2019
What was Dinesh Karthik thinking? Refusing a single in the last over, with Krunal Pandya blazing away at the other end. #NZvInd
— Slipstream Cricket (@SlipstreamCrick) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik refusing that single was the real brainfade moment of cricket. #INDvNZ
— Nikhil Chandra (@anikhilchandra) February 10, 2019
This is the best time to replace Dhoni with Dinesh Karthik #INDvsNZt20
— raghava (@raghava2406) February 10, 2019
Dinesh karthik well playing tamila
— Hari (@Hari47813074) 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
Dinesh Karthik apologies to Krunal Pandya for refusing the single. In context of the game a poor decision by Karthik ?. #NZvIND
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) February 10, 2019
— Rakesh Maurya (@Er_RakeshMaurya) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik saved Dhoni from being criticized. Brotherhood. Keeperhood. 😂 #NZvsIND
— winter (@snowonumbrella) February 10, 2019
What the fuck was Dinesh Karthik thinking when he refused single??
I mean really what in the bloddy blue blazes was that fucker thinking??#NZvIndT20
— Ashish Kumar (@login2ak) February 10, 2019
The last ball SIX by Dinesh Karthik was the 56th of the NZ-IND T20I series – The most number of sixes in a bilateral T20I series surpassing 55 during the 2017 Afghanistan-Ireland series. #UsefulSIX #NZvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) February 10, 2019
— Amit (@Imit4510) February 10, 2019
Stupidity from Dinesh Karthik cost us the match #NZvsIND
— Abhishek #408 🇮🇳 (@ImAbhishek7_) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik was super impressive. He almost won us the game. He is far better bet than Risabh Pant at World Cup. #sportstakofficial #AskStar #AakashVani #sanjaymanjerkar #samiprajguru #Cricbuzzlive
— Pankajsinha2706 (@Pankajsinha2701) February 10, 2019
Not taking that run was the stupidest thing to do in the cricket field …ughhh Dinesh Karthik #INDvsNZ
— Suchita (@Suchita_14) February 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik appreciation tweet. Has been brilliantly doing a finisher’s role off late. Mature, level-headed approach.
Lil unlucky with that wide in the last over today. All in all a top notch effort. #INDvNZ
— Naman Adhikari (@NamanAdhikari17) February 10, 2019
Why did Dinesh Karthik on earth denied a single at the last over? You’ve got to take every single run as possible. It’s okay if you’ve got a tailender at the other end. But Krunal, his partner, was striking at more than 200 and lovely to watch. You can DK, but have faith.#NZvIND
— Srinivasa Raghavan (@sp_raghavan) February 10, 2019
And i am not blaming Dinesh Karthik and no one in the right mind should blame DK for the loss.. #NZvIND
— abhishek dwivedi (@abhishek_srkfan) February 10, 2019
Still brainless Dhoni supporters blaming dinesh karthik for not taking that single #INDvsNZt20
— raghava (@raghava2406) February 10, 2019
— Himanshu sharma (@HIMI_STRINGS) February 10, 2019
— Baladharsan SR (@BaladharsanS) February 10, 2019