Well, the three-match India vs New Zealand 2019 series is done and dusted with hosts clinching it by 2-1 owing to the last ball thrill on Sunday (February 10) in Hamilton. And there was always a possibility of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 flashback, so as, the turning down of a single from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but Dinesh Karthik alongside Krunal Pandya have found it tough to deal while taking Men in Blue on the cusp of historic series win on Kiwis soil against the Black Caps. Meanwhile, the broadcast veteran Harsha Bhogle has termed the intuition might have pushed Karthik to decide under crucial circumstances.
In 2014 at Edgbaston, when Dhoni denied a single to Ambati Rayudu, India finished second in the race.
Karthik denies a single in 20th over:
When India required 16 off the final over, Kane Williamson handed the ball to his best bowler Tim Southee.
Also, Southee conceded just two runs in first two balls.
However, the fuller length delivery saw Karthik pushing the ball towards long-on before deciding on not to take a single. But he drilled the fourth delivery to mid-off region to scamper for a single. Eventually, it took down the equation to 13 off two balls.
On the other side, Krunal took a single off the penultimate delivery of India’s innings before Southee bowled a wide ball.
When India required 11 off a solitary delivery, Karthik smashed the ball over the deep extra cover region for a six as the Kiwis went on to win the game by four runs.
Heart of the moment or pure intentions?
The 57-year-old Hyderabad-based Bhogle stressed that many are talking about Karthik for denying a run. However, he believes such a situation in the game has been part and parcel.
“Lot of talk about Karthik turning down the single like Dhoni used to. He was in great touch, was backing himself. In the heat of the moment, you do things by instinct,” Bhogle wrote on his official Twitter handle.
Besides, Bhogle reiterated Karthik would notice that he should have imposed a trust in his partner. Krunal who connected the ball well remained unbeaten on 26 off 13 deliveries.
In conclusion, Bhogle wasn’t either sure about the difference if Karthik took the run. Karthik, who scored 33 not out on 16 balls stitched an unbeaten 63 stand for the seventh wicket alongside Krunal.
As the players were heading for the pavilion, the footage showed Karthik apologising Krunal for turning down a single.
“He will realise he should have taken it given Pandya was hitting well. Not sure would’ve made a difference though,” Bhogle added.
The limited-overs competition will kick off on February in Visakhapatnam.