New Delhi: Indian cricket fans were glued to their television sets, mobile phones or wherever they were watching the Nidahas Trophy T20I Final as it was a ‘last-ball’ spectacle. Requiring 5 runs on the final delivery of the 20th over, Dinesh Karthik pulled one beautifully as he took a stance to hit a six over extra-cover and India won the match against Bangladesh by 4 wickets. As the ball sailed over the fence many hearts skipped a beat as it wasn’t a thing to be missed. Yet, the skipper of the Indian team Rohit Sharma was not able to watch the glorious winning shot.
Rohit, who laid the foundation for the chase with his half-century effort, said that he missed Karthik’s heroic six as he was getting ready for the Super Over. “I had walked back in the dressing room to wear my pads,” he said in a press conference after a thrilling encounter. The Hitman was just preparing for unforeseen but a plausible outcome.
“Very happy to see Dinesh doing what he did, he didn’t get much game time until now, but he showed his power,” said Rohit for the valiant DK. “We held him back because of his finishing ability and his experience. And it paid off. I always had a lot of faith in our batting group and we were confident after keeping them to a par score,” he added.
The R.Premadasa Stadium was a fortress for India in the T20I final as it appeared that they were playing at home against Bangladesh. Acknowledging the immense support from the crowd the Indian skipper thanked them for coming out in numbers. “Brilliant game, brilliant for the crowd who have come out in numbers. The support we got here from this crowd was brilliant, it would be a bit different if we were playing Sri Lanka but I would like to thank them for their show tonight,” he said.
“Great tournament for us. Young lads. A lot of learning. We always knew they had the talent, but it was about executing and this tournament will give them a lot of confidence. Everybody who played, they showed lots of character. These games are not easy and these guys have not played a lot for the national team. And this performance will give them a lot of confidence,” said the winning captain on his team outing in the Nidahas Trophy.