Harbhajan Singh gives his views on Dinesh Karthik’s refusal to take a single
The Indian team went on to end the tour with the series loss against New Zealand. However, the biggest talking point of the match was Dinesh Karthik denying Krunal Pandya a single on the third ball of the last over. Pandya was looking in good touch but the right-handed batsman, Karthik denied the single to get the big one and failed to finish the game.
The Men in Blue is still struggling to win their first T20I series against New Zealand. Meanwhile, the Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has opened about the controversy surrounding Karthik.
“This last T20I could have gone either way and any team could have won but a little mistake from Dinesh Karthik that he did not take that single and maybe we could have won this game too. Somewhere I felt Krunal Pandya could have tried, he had got 18-19 runs in the previous over from Southee. So if that one mistake would not have been made, may be the result of the match and the series would have been different,” Harbhajan said.
“India have gained a lot for sure. Australia and New Zealand tours are not easy and it was a long tour. Mentally you get tired by the time you reach the last game but overall I feel we have gained a lot. A lot of good things happened, beating Australia in Australia and then coming to New Zealand and dominating them in one-days,” Bhajji added.
The Indian team will return home to welcome the Aussies to play two T20Is and a five-match ODI series that starts from February 24.