Dinesh Karthik made his debut for India as a wicketkeeper-batter way back on September 25, 2004 at the Lord’s against England, and on Thursday, after completing more than 18 years at the highest level, for the first time in history, he turned himself into a bowler as he came out to bowl the 20th over of the Afghanistan innings.
At that time, Afghanistan needed 120 runs from just 6 balls, and it was an impossible thing to do, so the stand-in Indian skipper KL Rahul passed on the ball to Dinesh Karthik, who, after donning the role of wicketkeeper against Pakistan in the team’s opener on August 28 in Dubai, bowled as well in this Asia Cup.
It was a rare sight, as never before in his 170-match-old international career, Karthik rolled his arm. Karthik enjoyed the opportunity to bowl against the Afghans, even if he went for 18 runs in his over. He bowled all six balls to Afghanistan’s number-three batter, Ibrahim Zadran, who remained unbeaten till the end, and hammered Karthik for two back-to-back sixes and three doubles.Related News |
The interesting thing in this year’s Asia Cup was that despite being a full-fledged batter, he got the chance to face only one ball in three matches but bowled a complete over.
It wasn’t the first occasion when a non-regular bowler was asked to bowl by the Indian captain in the Asia Cup this year. During the Group A match against Hong Kong on August 31, Virat Kohli also took an opportunity to bowl one over in which he conceded six runs. Fans have seen Virat bowling in international matches previously as well, but to see Karthik turning himself into a bowler was a rare sight.
In the game against Afghanistan, Team India was invited to bat first and, riding on Virat Kohli’s 61-ball unbeaten 122, India posted a total of 212 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In reply, the Afghans had a horror start and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fifer in the powerplay dismantled them completely, from which they could never really recover and only managed to post 111 on board for the loss of 8 wickets.