File photo of Dinesh Karthik
Cricket player Dinesh Karthik praised Team India captain Rohit Sharma for some of his decisions that proved to be key in India’s 44-run series win over the West Indies in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. After India posted 237/9, India defeated West Indies for 193, to seal the win and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game ODI series. While Prasidh Krishna was the pick of the Indian bowlers with impressive 4/12 figures, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar also played a key role, taking a wicket each at crucial moments during the game. Hooda removed the well-placed Shamarh Brooks while Sundar bagged Odean Smith’s wicket to end Windies’ resistance.
Speaking of Brooks’ wicket, Karthik said Hooda did the job assigned to him, although the batter was to blame for the dismissal.
“He (Rohit) clearly has a nice run with his captain’s armband. He’s doing a good job; you can see how he has rotated the bowlers – the best bowler on display today – Prasidh (Krishna) – bowled in four or five spells and then brought Deepak Hooda at a critical juncture,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
“But I can say that Shamarh Brooks will be very disappointed with that shot. I mean, that was a bull’s eye at the time. I’m pretty surprised he played that shot. He was in the fold, didn’t even step out, couldn’t get any momentum in the shot. Anyway, what he brought Deepak Hooda for, Deepak Hooda got the job done. Kudos to him!” he added.
“I really enjoyed bringing Washington Sundar back when things were going well with Odean Smith. That’s a brave move, a very interesting move to bring a spinner into the 45…e over with the right-handers in play. I liked that. So he’s willing to throw a little bait and say, ‘Here we go. Off spinner, kinda big terrain, but I want you to pick it up. Let’s see who wins this battle,” Karthik said of Smith’s resignation.
“The great thing about Washington is the fact that he’s able to take pressure – you know the batsman is going after him, but you need some skill and some ability to clear a ball like this on the right place. That’s the camaraderie of the captain bowler that blossoms,” he added.
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