The last-ball six is the best moment of my career: Karthik

Arun Kartik (R) celebrates after hitting a last-ball six against SA Redbacks to help RCB reach the semifinals of the CLT20 AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 7, 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Arun Karthik emulated Javed Miandad by hitting a last-ball six against South Australian Redbacks to propel the Indian Premier League team into the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20.

RCB required 15 runs in the final over and it came down to the last ball, Karthik hit a six to win it for the Bangalore side.

“The earlier ball I faced off him was a slower ball which I couldn’t connect. So as he ran into bowl the last ball, I had decided that either it would be a slower ball or a yorker,” Karthik told the TOI.

“So I was virtually ready for the slower ball. I waited for it, and as it came onto my bat, I gave it an almighty heave,” the 26-year-old said.

When asked if he knew about the Miandad s heroics in the 1986 against India, the Chennai boy said Anil Kumble told him about him when he cameback to the dressing room.

“Yes, I have seen it on TV… And I was reminded about it by Anil Kumble just after I came back to the dressing-room. He told me ‘You have done a Javed Miandad’.”

Recollecting the last over, Karthik said the aim was to take the match to the last ball.

“That was our aim, to be in the game till the last ball… Aravind did his part and I am happy I could contribute as well when it mattered most,” Karthik said.

Chasing a mammoth 215, the right-hander revealed that that they had never given up hope. “Virat and Dilshan played brilliant knocks and we knew we had a chance going into the last five overs. Even when wickets were falling, Anil bhai said that we should win with an over in hand… There were never any negative thoughts in the dug-out,” he added.

Karthik admitted that this was “easily the best moment of my career”.

“The stage is big, there’s such a huge crowd… This is something unparallel to what I have achieved till now. What happened after the match, is in fact, still a blur.”