India cricketer Dinesh Karthik acknowledged he was caught off-guard after he was requested to bat at No.5 in the 2019 World Cup semi-closing towards New Zealand.
During the chase, after India misplaced early wickets, Karthik revealed he was requested to exit forward of MS Dhoni and that got here as a surprise for him.
“It came as a bit of a surprise because they had made it very clear that I would be batting at number seven,” Karthik advised Cricbuzz. “We had to send a rearguard action just to stem the flow of wickets. I was told to pad up and it all happened in a daze, in a hurry.”
“I used to be simply sitting in my shorts and I had to go up, prepare. Literally, I used to be late to get in, I wasn’t anticipating a wicket to fall. KL Rahul received out and I had to put on my pads.
“I went in in the third over and I don’t know once I received out, and it doesn’t matter, however I simply stopped the wickets falling until Boult’s spell was over. He was the primary wrecker-in-chief and unluckily when it was time for me to transfer on, I received out to a sensible catch by James Neesham,” he added.
After an uncommon prime-order collapse, India made a match of the semi-closing courtesy of Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni. From 92/6, the duo took the ‘Men in Blue’ previous the 200-run mark.
Just when it appeared India had been about to pull off a miracle, Jadeja was dismissed by Trent Boult for 77 and Dhoni was run-out in spectacular vogue by Martin Guptill for 50.
India fell quick by 18 runs and crashed out of the match whereas New Zealand progressed into the ultimate the place they misplaced to eventual champions England by way of controversial boundary depend rule.