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I backed myself to hit a six after not taking that single, says Dinesh Karthik


NEW DELHI: "I genuinely believed that I could hit a six," Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik said as he mirrored on refusing a unmarried to non-striker Krunal Pandya within the series-deciding loss to New Zealand within the third T20 International.

On Sunday evening at Hamilton, issues didn't pass as in step with plan within the final over, by which India needed 16 runs, and the 33-year-old has no qualms in accepting that. Karthik refused a unmarried to the big-hitting Krunal off the third ball of the over main to a few debate on whether or not he took the proper choice.

"I think Krunal and I batted really well from that situation (145/6). We were able to bring the match down to a place where the bowlers were under pressure. We backed ourselves to do the job. And at that stage (after refusing the single), I genuinely believed that I could hit a six," Karthik said.

But during the last couple of years, he has emerged as one of the vital efficient finishers for India within the shorter formats.

Karthik faltered at Hamilton nevertheless it was handiest him and Krunal who took the sport to the overall over after India have been 145 for six within the 16th over, wanting another 68 off 28 balls.

"As a middle-order batsman, a lot of times you have to trust your ability to play those big shots under pressure. It is also important to trust your partner at that time. I did not come off on that occasion but those things happen in the game of cricket."

Both Krunal and Karthik shared an unbeaten 63-run stand off 28 balls nevertheless it was now not sufficient to save the collection. India lost the sport via four runs and collection 1-2.

"Some days you are able to hit a boundary, some days the bowler does a good job. And there, you have to give credit to Tim Southee for the way he executed those yorkers under pressure. One mistake there and I am sure we would have taken him down," said Karthik.

Asked if the team control had a word with him on now not taking that unmarried, Karthik said: "They have been all acutely aware of the location and knew we both did the most efficient we could. On that day, we weren't just right sufficient. But the support group of workers, as it has been around for a very long time, understood it (our sport plan).

"As I said, you keep practising those scenarios and as the trust I had in overcoming those scenarios in observe, I trusted myself do the task within the heart. I used to be now not able to deliver it that day. That is what sport is. The more you back yourself, the more constant you transform in finishing the sport."

Having made his international debut virtually 15 years ago, Karthik has managed to play handiest 26 Tests, 91 ODIs and 30 T20s.

But during the last 24 months, his stop-start career turns out to have found second wind and he has featured in as many as 20 ODIs and 21 T20Is besides making a Test comeback after greater than eight years.

Karthik, who has credited Mumbai stalwart Abhishek Nayar for his recent luck, can not recollect days when he has batted higher.

"If you pass via the results, no doubt sure (his absolute best run in international cricket). It has been a just right couple of years. There is some continuity and that feels just right. The team has additionally achieved well so it has been a great couple of years to be a part of."

Despite constant performances, Karthik should be on most sensible of his sport within the upcoming T20 and ODI collection against Australia, India's closing sooner than the World Cup in May-July. And he is ready to end up himself again.

"As a global cricketer, it's a must to keep reinventing the wheel, being constant is a part of it. There shall be questions requested and you have to keep answering them (along with your performances).

"If you read into those things too much (of proving yourself repeatedly), it only pulls you down. It is important that whatever opportunities you get, you do the best you can."

Karthik said his lengthy career, albeit an inconsistent one, has helped him immensely in his development as a finisher. He has reached a level where batting beneath drive has transform second nature to him.

"Abhishek and I have been practising those scenarios for lengthy now. Preparing on other wickets, other days, it is helping.


"As a player, you need to revel in those scenarios. That is when you raise the bar for yourself and on your team as well."


Has team control advised him that quantity six is the spot for him within the batting order?


"Not truly. They are also very versatile in their means. I don't believe they have mounted me at quantity 5 - 6.


"They just believe that whatever opportunity they will give me at any position, they know that I will do the best that I can. They know that I am able to finish games, irrespective of the batting position," added Karthik.


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