Former Indian fast bowler, Ashish Nehra has heaped praise on Dinesh Karthik after his top knock in the fourth T20I against South Africa, saying that it is never easy for a senior player to make such a comeback. Karthik’s blistering 55 off 27 balls helped India secure a comfortable win against the Proteas and level the series 2-2 heading into the final game in Bengaluru.
When he walked in, the men in blue were in a spot of bother and needed someone to not just steady the innings but also play the big shots to post a strong total. Dinesh Karthik, whose innings consisted of nine boundaries and a couple of sixes, helped India reach a winning score of 169 runs in 20 overs. The South African batting lineup crumbled before the Indian bowlers and folded for 87 runs.
The Tamil Nadu batter was adjudged Man of the Match for his performance as well. Commenting on Karthik’s performance after the match, during a chat with Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra reckons that it is not easy for a senior player to make such a comeback. He also said that the 37-year-old batter was in search of a big knock and has the ability to switch gears and play as a finisher and steady the ship when required.
Elaborating the same, Ashish Nehra said, “It’s never easy for a senior player to make such a comeback. He did start off well in the series, but was in search of a big knock. While he had been scoring impactful runs, it was good to see him bat at No. 6 today and score a half-century. You expect this from an experienced player. He was chosen as a finisher, but he also knows how to steady the ship when needed.”
He further added, “The team management will be very happy with his performance. South Africa’s bowling wasn’t up to the mark when Dinesh Karthik was batting. But the reputation of a player like him forces the opposition to make such errors. More than the bowler, he is playing according to the field. When the square-leg and fine-leg were in the circle, he was looking to play over them right from the beginning.”