Dinesh Karthik refused to take a single and denied Krunal Pandya a strike in the final over of the third and final India-New Zealand T20I. @AFP

India came tantalizingly close to win the third Twenty20 international and win the three-match series against New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: FULL SCORECARD)

However, it was not to be for the Rohit Sharma-led unit as Kane Williamson’s side secured a four-run win to clinch the series. (ALSO READ: It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia: Rohit Sharma)

While Dinesh Karthik scored a quickfire 33 (unbeaten) off 16 balls, the diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman, who is mostly playing as a batsman in India’s limited-overs side these days, he was trolled as India lost the game. (ALSO READ: 3rd T20I: New Zealand avoid Karthik scare to clinch series against India)

The Twitter trolls came down heavily on Karthik after he refused to take a single on the third ball of the final over as India needed 14 runs off 4 balls and sent Krunal Pandya, who to his credit had brought India in touching distance of a win with an unbeaten knock of 26 off 13 balls. (ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand, T20Is Statistical Review: Blackcaps’ T20I dominance, Dhoni’s 300 and Rohit’s record)

While it was clear that Krunal was not too pleased, Karthik’s actions sent Twitter into frenzy, with some of the fans criticising him whether he is MS Dhoni – one of the finest finishers in the limited-overs cricket.

Former cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted, “Brilliant hitting by DK but small mistakes have a big effect on the result in T20s. Was a mistake to not take that single with Krunal at the other end.#IndVsNZ.”

However, some of the other Twitter users were not that impressed with Karthik.