Dinesh Karthik denying Krunal Pandya the single of the third ball of the final over made headlines after India’s 4-run loss in the final T20I in Hamilton. Thus India’s search for their first T20I series win against the Kiwis is still on. Meanwhile, veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has voiced his concern regarding the controversy where in he said that Karthik should have ideally taken the single and there would have been a chance for India to win the game.
Speaking to Sports Tak, the off-spinner said “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. 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”
While on one hand he somewhat criticised Karthik, he also spoke about the positives for the Indian team in their long tour of Australia first and thenNew Zealand.
“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.”