Deep Dasgupta and Akash Chopra in war of words over Karthik-Krunal ‘single’ incident

India lost that match by just 4 runs after New Zealand posted a mammoth 212 runs.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Dinesh Karthik refusing to take a single in the last over of the third and final T20 match at the Seddon Park in Hamilton against New Zealand has become a hot topic for discussion. The debate over that incident has refused to die down and has now become a never-ending topic. Dinesh Karthik was heavily criticised for the act in the final over, bowled by the experienced Tim Southee.

India needed 16 runs to win. Karthik sent back Krunal Pandya and refused to take the single. Karthik trusted himself to take India over the line but could not do it. The new entrants to the so-called ‘discussion-panel’ are former Indian cricketers in Deep Dasgupta and Aakash Chopra. Both of them had different opinions regarding that incident and indulged in a war of words on Twitter.


Deep Dasgupta defended Karthik’s decision of not taking a single. He said that he would have been upset had Karthik taken the single. It would have been similar to shirking his responsibility. Dasgupta on social media platform Twitter wrote, “That’s his job now, to finish games. I would have been upset had he taken the single. That would be shirking his responsibility, glad he didn’t. You win some and you lose some but attitude is what matters.”

Here is Dasgupta’s tweet

It was a bit of brain-fade moment: Akash Chopra

To this, Akash Chopra replied that it was a bit of brain-fade moment for Karthik for refusing to give Krunal Pandya a single. He was striking the ball well and should have been trusted by Karthik.

“Really? Considering how cleanly Krunal was striking at the other end? Then why take a single off the following ball?? That was a bit of a brain-fade moment in my humble opinion, mate. Not that it would’ve changed the outcome but ‘that’ single should’ve been taken,” Chopra replied to Dasgupta.

Here’s Chopra’s reply

India lost that match by just 4 runs after New Zealand posted a mammoth 212 runs after being invited to bat first by Rohit Sharma. India will now take on Australia in the T20 and ODI series that is scheduled to start from 24th of February.

~Written by Nikhil Gupta

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