Rohit Sharma reveals Dinesh Karthik’s disappointment after tweaking batting-order
The 31-year old sent Vijay Shankar to bat up the order ahead of Dinesh Karthik in the Nidahas Trophy final.
Updated - Jun 6, 2018 12:13 pm
The Nidahas Trophy of 2018 will forever be considered as a brilliant coup, for Rohit Sharma at least. The latter was the stand-in Indian captain after the selection committee had taken the decision to rest several of the key Indian players. However, the final, which seemingly did not go according to the script saw the Indians on the receiving end and in the dire need to pull the bunny from the hat to secure a victory.
While Dinesh Karthik secured the victory following his innings of 22 from just the nine deliveries, it was quite clear that he was unhappy after Rohit had sent Vijay Shankar in to bat ahead of him. Needless to say, Shankar’s innings was a terrible one and it was Karthik who eventually bailed the Indians out to secure the title.
“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.”
Left the dressing room: Rohit Sharma
Rohit also stated that he had left the dressing room after informing both players about his decision. However, he also added that Karthik was still very angry with him.
“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”.