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Think you are Dhoni? Dinesh Karthik trolled for denying Krunal Pandya strike in last over

India Today logo India Today 11-02-2019 Abreshmina S Quadri
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Dinesh Karthik had won India a last-ball thriller a year ago but in 2019 in Hamilton against a strong New Zealand side, Karthik fell just short of getting India over the line. India needed 16 off the last over in the third and final T20I but India could score only 11 and New Zealand won the match by 4 runs and the 3-match series 2-1.

Karthik smacked 33 off 16 deliveries while Krunal Pandya blasted 26 off 13 but the two failed to finish the game for India. Here is what happened in the final over ball-by-ball.

1st ball: Southee to Karthik - 2 runs; 2nd ball: Southee to Karthik - no run; 3rd ball: Southee to Karthik - Karthik denied a single after Krunal ran almost all of the pitch but Krunal somehow made it back; 4th ball: Southee to Karthik - 1 run; 5th ball: Southee to Krunal - 1 run; 6th ball: Southee to Karthik - wide; 6th ball: Southee to Karthi - 6 runs.

While Karthik and Krunal tried valiantly to win the game for India, Karthik's decision to not take a single in the last over with Krunal on the other side caught everybody's attention.

Both Karthik and Krunal were hitting well but the former decided to shoulder the responsibility of finishing the game for India and it was not well received by the fans.

Both captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have mentioned that Karthik's role in the team is that of a finisher - one that MS Dhoni has held for long. And with Karthik denying a single and taking it upon himself to finish, fans drew the inevitable comparison and were not impressed by Karthik.

While there was a large section of fans that trolled Karthik for allegedly attempting to be Dhoni, many fans also defended him and felt that he was underrated for his role in the team.

Despite the loss in the T20I series, India would go home satisfied from the long tour Down Under after drawing the T20I series vs Australia (courtesy rain), winning the Test series against Australia 2-1, beating Australia in the ODI series 2-1 and thrashing New Zealand in the ODI series 4-1.

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(Provided by Indian Express)

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