India lost the final T20I against New Zealand by four runs. India came close to winning the game, but could not cross the finish line. The visitors needed 16 runs in the last over. He managed two runs in first ball and the dot in the second ball.
When he hit the third ball, there was a possibility of a single, but he refused. Krunal Pandya, who was batting really well at the end, had no idea on why he was denied the single. In the end, India lost by four runs with Karthik smashing the last ball for a six.
The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper recently opened up on why he refused to take the single. Here is what he said, quoted as per PTI,
" I think Krunal and I batted really well from that situation. We were able to bring the match down to a place where the bowlers were under pressure. We backed ourselves to do the job. And at that stage, I genuinely believed that I could hit a six,”
He is known for his finishing game in the past. So one can understand his mentality during that time.
However, it didn't go down well among fans, as they started criticizing him. Even the Mumbai Indians twitter handle took a dig at him. That's what happens; when you deliver, you will be hailed as a hero, but when you fail, everyone will target you.
He also admitted that not only should one have trust in his own ability, but also back the partner at the other end as well.
" As a middle-order batsman, a lot of times you have to trust your ability to play those big shots under pressure. It is also important to trust your partner at that time. I did not come off on that occasion but those things happen in the game of cricket. "
Not only him, but it has happened to many cricketers in the past. Even the former Indian captain Dhoni once refused a single to Rayudu and failed to finish the game. He too came under criticism. It's all a part of a sports person's life.Published 14 Feb 2019, 08:32 IST