Dinesh Karthik had a phenomenal season in the IPL and that proved to be a base for his return to the International cricket nearly after three years. The Indian wicket-keeper batsman has been at a peak for his ability to finish matches. He has been roped in to bolster Indian batting for the upcoming T20 world cup. However, during the India v South Africa 1st T20I match, Hardik Pandya, who returned with a phenomenal finish, couldn’t indeed fete Dinesh Karthik’s return as the all-rounder denied Karthik a strike.
Arguably, Hardik seemed in top form while scoring 31 runs off 12 balls. Dinesh Karthik who entered the arena during the 19th over, couldn’t play an impactful inning. Hardik took it upon himself to wrap up the Indian total. This, however, enraged the netizens and the all-rounder was at receiving end to get slammed.
Dinesh Karthik wakes up at night and asks him to face pacer in slog over to hit six he will easily hit six… Imagine denying him strike.
— Sai (@akakrcb6) June 9, 2022
Denying a single to Dinesh Karthik, the finisher India picked for the match…🙄#INDvSA
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) June 9, 2022
Hardik Pandya really have an bad attitude when that 19.5 over why he not take single when Dinesh Karthik on another side 🤬 #INDvSA
— Gyanesh (@imreal_Ganesh77) June 9, 2022
Didnt like the way Hardik Pandya denied strike to Dinesh Karthik..Com'on man he isnt a bowler..Probably he is one of best and most experienced finisher…
— Jasly (@Jasly_forever18) June 9, 2022
Hardik Pandya denying Dinesh Karthik the strike on the last ball as if DK is a tailender…. 😭😭😭😭#bcci #INDvsSA #INDvSA #SAvsIND #TeamIndia #DK was literally like – pic.twitter.com/z18qYRwV67
— Maddy (@EvilRashford) June 9, 2022
Hardik Pandya refused to take a single on the penultimate ball of the 20th over even when Dinesh Karthik was the at the other end. Wooooo!
— Aritra Mukherjee (@aritram029) June 9, 2022