Karthik discloses his secret plan about 8-ball knock in Nidahas Trophy final
Nidahas Trophy 2018 – another tournament of failure in the history of Bangladesh cricket. Despite winning two matches against them on Sri Lankan soil to reach the final, they lost against India in the final. And it was in the last ball of the match.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was the hero who helped India win the title. India needed 34 runs in in reply to Bangladesh’s 166 runs. Just then Karthik came to the wicket. Then he played an incredible innings of 29 runs off 8 balls and won the match for his team.
Karthik took 22 runs from the 19th over delivered by pacer Rubel Hossain in the equation of 34 runs from 12 balls. However, in the last over, all-rounder Soumya Sarkar turned around the match for Bangladesh. He conceded only 7 runs in the first five balls. India needed 5 runs in the last ball. Karthik hit a six with extra cover to the well-made wide yorker delivery by Soumya. An unforgettable victory was guaranteed.
What was going on in Karthik’s head when he went down to bat with a difficult goal? It is very difficult to score 34 runs from 12 balls on any day. How did the wicketkeeper-batsman do that? – Karthik replied, telling his plan in that innings.
In a video interview with Cricbuzz, Karthik said,
“When I came to bat, there was definitely a plan in mind. Practice helps you in these cases. If you do one thing over and over again in practice, it goes into auto mode in you. Knowing what to do is very easy to achieve.
“When I went to the wicket I believed I could do it, the stage was ready for me. Just have to get the job done. Everything goes like programming these days. Where the bowler will bowl, where there is a gap – all this comes to mind automatically. In order to be consistent as a finisher, you have to program the whole innings.”
“We usually try to look at the gap or think about where the bowler will bowl,” he said. “As a result, when you practice a lot, watch a lot of videos, keep in mind that the boundaries on either side of the field are small, your chances of continued success will increase.”