The difference was just of eight balls between Bangladesh and India – the span of deliveries Dinesh Karthik played and turned the game on for his team in the final of the Nidahas Trophy pulling out the sensation of securing a heart stopping victory in the very last ball of the innings.
Rolling out to the memory of the last six bringing India the celebration, Karthik uttered a little words of doubts and confusion over it.
“I knew I had connected very well and it really went very flat. The ground in Sri Lanka is big. As soon as I hit it, I got the feeling that it’s going because the ball had hit the center of the bat, and the bat didn’t turn (in my hand) also. But since it went too flat, somewhere there was a little bit of doubt. It went a little over the rope,” said Karthik as quoted by the Indian Express.
Striking the odds in the last delivery for a flat six off Soumya Sarkar, DK revealed what was going through inside his head, “I was just thinking to hit every ball for a boundary, as simple as that. There was nothing else you could do other than try to get a boundary off each ball. Every ball had to matter at that stage.”
Streaming flurry of appreciation for Bangladesh disciplined bowling, Dinesh Karthik said, “They were bowling good lines; even in the previous league match, when we played them, they had kept things tight. It took 40 to 42 balls for a batsmen of Rohit’s caliber to get 50 in the last game. They bowled in a disciplined way, they had plans for every batsman and executed it well. Sunday was no different.”
Then Dinesh Karthik described all the way through the over that managed India to seize the win at last.
About the first six of the over, Karthik said, “The previous game I played, he (Rubel Hossain) had bowled a Yorker to me and the ball was also reversing. I knew that he will try a Yorker again. I wanted to get under the ball, so that I can get some elevation. So I stood ahead of the crease. Usually I stay deep but I went forward this time—the idea was to try to connect with the ball as early as possible to get the elevation. And I hit it well over long on.”
“Last ball, I decided to go for the six option. I was just hoping that he (Soumya Sarkar) looks to bowl a Yorker and misses it. I think a bowler trusts the Yorkers the most (in those situations). The best part of the last ball was that he bowled it a bit wide, so whatever power I had, I went with it and connected. It was such a special moment. This is it, the team coming out and celebrating was something special,” as Karthik quoted by the Indian Express, about one of the most memorable sixes in the history of T20I cricket for India.