Having performed his first T20I in 2006, Dinesh Karthik continues to be marching on within the shortest format of the sport and 16 years later, he registered his maiden T20I fifty towards South Africa within the fourth recreation of the five-match sequence on Friday, serving to India stage the sequence. The 37-year-old went on to play a knock of 55 runs off simply 27 balls with the assistance of 9 fours and a pair of sixes.
Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn lauded Karthik, saying he reads the sport very well and backs it up with excellent talent.
“DK has been in phenomenal type. This 12 months, he’s getting higher and higher. He has the wicketkeeper mentality, he reads the sport very well, he is aware of and understands what bowlers are attempting to do and he backs it up with excellent talent. He reverse sweeps, sweeps, laps. They are pictures being performed by someone who reads and understands the sport, understands what the bowler goes to bowl when earlier than he runs as much as bowl,” Steyn stated on ESPNcricinfo’s ‘T20 Time Out’.
“He does it so effectively, he assaults the primary and final ball of the over, he places the bowlers beneath strain on ball one, after which the fellows, they do not actually have a solution,” he added.
When requested whether or not DK is forward of Pant proper now on the premise of present type, Steyn stated: “Pant has had 4 alternatives on this sequence, the place he appears to be making the identical errors. Also, you suppose that good gamers be taught from their errors, he has not. DK has simply come out each single time and proven what a category participant he’s. If you need to win the World Cup, you need to decide a man who’s in type. There are guys who group will decide on popularity, however DK is in such implausible type, if he continues this kind, he’s going to be one of many first names written down on the airplane when India excursions for the World Cup later this 12 months.”
Walking out to bat within the thirteenth over, Karthik noticed out the preliminary few balls after which he began to tee off, serving to India publish 169/6 in 20 overs within the fourth T20I.
Team India defended 169 with ease within the fourth T20I as they bundled out South Africa for 87. Avesh Khan was the decide of the bowlers as he returned with 4 wickets.
The sequence decider will now be performed on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday night.
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