Karthik Mocked on Twitter as He Denies Krunal a Crucial Single
Needing 16 off last over, Karthik denied Krunal an important in the third ball of the 20th over.
India’s tour to New Zealand didn’t end on a desired note as the visitors slumped to a four-run defeat in the third and final T20I to concede the series 1-2.
Despite a 63-run stand from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya for the seventh-wicket, India couldn’t reach the target of 213.
India needed 16 runs of the last over. Karthik, who was at the striker’s end, took two runs off the first ball before playing out two dot balls. It was the third ball of the over when Karthik refused to take a single despite Krunal making a run for it.
India eventually went on to lose the match as India managed two singles and a six of the last three balls.
Karthik's decision drew criticism online as well as from on-air commentator Gautam Gambhir, who slammed Karthik for denying Krunal the run, despite the latter slamming a six off the last ball of the previous over.
Many people mocked Karthik on Twitter and asked whether he thought himself to be Dhoni. In 2012, during in the Commonwealth Bank Series Dhoni refused a double to Ravichandran Ashwin against Australia. Only difference in that scenario was that Dhoni saw India home India with 2 balls to spare.
Here’s a look at how Karthik faced flak on Twitter for his decision:
While many Twitter users batted for Karthik and gave him the benefit of doubt.
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