Dinesh Karthik denies Krunal Pandya single in final over: Harbhajan reacts to controversy

first_imgBrief Score – New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardHarbhajan Singh felt that Dinesh Karthik’s mistake of refusing a single with Krunal Pandya in the last over might have cost India the third T20I in Hamilton that they ended up losing by four runs and lost the 3-match series 2-1. On the third ball of the last over, Karthik refused to take a single even as Krunal had run almost all of the pitch to make it back just in time and eventually India failed to chase the 213-run target.Former India spinner Harbhajan felt it was an error from Karthik as he refused to take that single, otherwise India could have won the game. However, Harbhajan was of the opinion that India gained a lot from this series.”India have gained a lot for sure. Australia and New Zealand tours are not easy and it was a long tour. Mentally you get tired by the time you reach the last game but overall I feel we have gained a lot. A lot of good things happened, beating Australia in Australia and then coming to New Zealand and dominating them in one-days.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD T20I HAMILTON: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”This last T20I could have gone either way and any team could have won but a little mistake from Dinesh Karthik that he did not take that single and may be we could have won this game too,” Harbhajan said on Sports Tak.advertisement”Overall we saw a lot of players and a lot of inspection was done. Now I feel the trial selections should be over and now the 15-man team for World Cup should be decided. Looking at that, those 15 players should get a bit of rest in the IPL. Players like Krunal Pandya and more, so many good players you’ve got, who you wanted to check and they stood well,” Harbhajan added.Harbhajan further said that this was a series of experiments for India as they were not playing their best bowling combination. He opined that when Bumrah, Kuldeep and Chahal would together make the bowling unit, the target for India won’t be as high as 200.”This thing is definite. Jasprit Bumrah not playing and Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal not playing together is the reason that India conceded over 200 runs in two T20Is. Because if these three play together and plus other bowlers who are in contention, I don’t think they will let past 200 runs. Especially with Jasprit Bumrah coming in, he bowls well, picks wickets, doesn’t give too many runs.”This was an experiment and our bowling unit did look a bit loose but that is the reason we went with such a long batting line-up, where Krunal Pandya was coming in to bat at 8. This series was played as an experiment and there were close matches, it’s not like India lost one-sided,” Harbhajan said.Harbhajan further elaborated on the single run controversy and he had a word of advice for Karthik – it’s good that Karthik believes in himself but he should show the same faith in the player on the other hand and especially when he is playing just as good.”Today’s match could have gone either way, it was a little mistake from Dinesh Karthik. This tag of finisher that he has got, he did make us win a match against Bangladesh but there [Soumya] Sarkar was bowling and not [Tim] Southee. It is good to have faith in oneself but that much confidence should also be shown in the player on the other side, when he was playing just as good.”Somewhere I felt Krunal Pandya could have tried, he had got 18-19 runs in the previous over from Southee. So if that one mistake would not have been made, may be the result of the match and the series would have been different.”This is the little thing to be thought upon but I feel Kuldeep, Chahal and Bumrah will play together, this 200-run total would not come into being,” Harbhajan concluded.Also Read | Think you are Dhoni? Dinesh Karthik trolled for denying Krunal Pandya strike in last overAlso Read | MS Dhoni has done a lot for India, says Vijay ShankarAlso Read | MS Dhoni falls for 2 in 300th T20 match as India lose narrowly to New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasadadvertisementlast_img