Harbhajan Singh perhaps has had the last laugh in the freaky celebration trend that lasted throughout the Nidahas Trophy 2018, which ended on Sunday with Dinesh Karthik hitting a last-ball six to win the final for his team. "I think the heat of the moment got to me", Sohan said while talking to reporters after returning home from Sri Lanka on Monday.
India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a stunning final match with Bangladesh on Sunday night.
"I didn't get to see the last ball, sadly", said Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain with Virat Kohli rested for this T20I tournament. So, all I needed to do was to go for boundaries as soon as I went in.
Sitting in the dressing room India head coach Ravi Shastri must have craved for a microphone in hand when Dinesh Karthik hit the winning six off the last ball of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 final.
- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 18, 2018T 2747 - that should read 34 needed in 2 overs. Not to forget Karthik had put an Instagram post on the eve of the match where he wrote, "Hope we finish the tour in style".
"We don't make changes without reason", stated Rohit. [Mehidy only one over] It was pre-planned, who we wanted to bowl, but all of our bowlers can bowl. I thought Dinesh would be able to handle Mustafizur very well. But even if Rubel had gone for 15 an over, we could have handled it.
He continued: "We sent Vijay ahead because we told him to go after their bowlers". The idea was always to have Dinesh at the back end.
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However, the skipper lauded Karthik's ability to handle pressure, saying, "he has batted in that position in a list of games for his state teams".
"Happy to be where I'm and thanks to the support staff who have kept on supporting me for the last few months", he added.
Skipper Rohit Sharma (56, 42b, 4x4, 3x6) had got India off to a flier before gifting away his wicket.
The last six overs of the Bangladesh innings yielded 66 runs - mostly coming from Sabbir's blade. It is not every day that you get a chance to beat India. "It can happen to anyone when you bowl those big overs".
Speaking to the media, a BCB spokesperson said,"Defeat is not a problem, we know that it is part of the game". It's never easy at the death. "We have shown we can be consistent in T20s".
Dinesh Karthik's six to win the Nidahas Trophy is something that would remain etched in Indian fans' memory for a long time. "It kind of paid off", he said.