“It’s never easy for a senior player to make such a comeback” – Ashish Nehra on Dinesh Karthik
By SMCS - Jun 18, 2022 2:00 pm
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Veteran India player Dinesh Karthik has played a stunning knock in the fourth T20I against South Africa and helped India post a decent total which helped the host to win the game convincingly as well. Karthik has managed to deliver and smashed a stunning 55 off 27 as well with 9 fours and 2 sixes as well. And, former cricketer Ashish Nehra has said that the Indian team management will be impressed to see Dinesh Karthik’s impressive performance with the bat..

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik played a fiery knock in the end

“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. The team management will be very happy with his performance,” he said while speaking to Cricbuzz.

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In the same video, Parthiv Patel has also shared that Dinesh Karthik’s batting forced South Africa to make errors in the match. He said: “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.”

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Kartik

However, Ashish Nehra stated that South Africa had brought in the fine-leg and the square-leg inside the 30-yard circle when Dwaine Pretorius was bowling to Dinesh Karthik. And, the veteran believed it was the wrong decision as Dinesh Karthik is very strong in that area.

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“I was surprised to see that Dwaine Pretorius had both fine-leg and square-leg inside the circle for Dinesh Karthik. A bowler can get hit for a six even on a good ball. But field placement is something that is in his control. He doesn’t have express pace and doesn’t bowl a lot of bouncers or yorkers. He even plays the ramp shot to bowlers who have the pace. South Africa will have to change their bowling plans,” Ashish Nehra concluded.