India will never forget their triumph in the Nidahas Trophy final. They required 5 off the last ball and Dinesh Karthik finished the game with a six. Karthik will not forget the game because of the thrilling finish and also the drama before he was sent to bat in a pressure situation.
The 33-year-old wanted to bat up in the batting order. But Rohit Sharma, the stand-in skipper, didn't allow him to go. Rohit let him bat and sent him below Vijay Shankar at no.7 when India needed 34 off 12 balls against Bangladesh.
The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman scored 29 off eight balls to help India seal the title.
Rohit, speaking about the incident during the show 'What The Duck' said Karthik was furious with his decision. “Dinesh wasn’t happy with his batting position in the final match. Considering his previous performances on that tour and even before that on the South African tour, his form was good. He had played a couple of cameos which were crucial for us. Thus, he was expecting to bat at the higher batting position but he wasn’t getting his opportunities.
“I sent Vijay Shankar to bat at number five position as I wanted an experienced player to bat down the order. Bangladesh had two experienced bowlers in Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Thus, I wanted Dinesh to take them on in the final overs. When I got out and I came into the dressing, Dinesh was staring at me angrily," he said.
“I asked Dinesh that it is okay, it would be better than you go in the end and finish the game off. Still, he was very angry at me. So I thought that I should leave the dressing room so that it doesn’t impact his mood”.