Dinesh Karthik (r) © AFP
Dinesh Karthik (r) © AFP

Dinesh Karthik hit 29 off just eight balls to get India past their 167-run target in a tense chase of a dramatic Nidahas Trophy 2018 final at Colombo against Bangladesh. Needing 5 to win off the last ball, Karthik held his nerve to hit Soumya Sarkar for six, triggering celebrations across India. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who topped scored with 56 runs, in the post-match presentation lauded Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Karthik.

Rohit said: “The way we finished off was perfect and very happy to see Dinesh doing what he did. He didn’t get much of game time, the way he came out and showed character was very very crucial for us. That was the reason I held Dinesh back, I have seen him play over the years and his experience matters a lot.”

He went to talk about the tournament in general. He said, “Great tournament for us. Young bunch of lads – lot of learning, we always knew they had lot of talent; it was just about coming here and executing. This tournament win will give them lot of confidence going forward whenever they play for India and wherever they play.”

Rohit even credited Bangladesh for bringing out ‘fearless cricket.’ He added, “(Bangladesh) play fearless cricket, it’s always good. Sometimes, it can bite you when things don’t go your way but that is the style of cricket they want to play. They are certainly a very good team… in the last three years, we’ve seen how they’ve changed their style of cricket. A few of the guys who are experienced are nurturing the younger guys.”

To round off, Rohit thanked Sri Lankan fans for coming out and supporting India. He said, “Brilliant for the crowd who came out in numbers, on behalf of my team, would want to thank the Sri Lankan crowd for coming out and supporting the way they did.”