We’re still reeling over the result. New Zealand crushed India by 80 runs in what is the visitors’ biggest defeat in terms of runs. Rohit Sharma won the toss and called to field first in what looked like a batting track. The skipper was confident in chasing and using the dew factor against New Zealand. Unfortunately for him, the total was massive and India failed to get going. The Kiwi batsmen punished Indian bowlers and Dinesh Karthik faced a lot of mixed reactions for his fielding.
Karthik dropped a sitter, giving Tim Seifert a life when he was on 71. Placed at long-off, Karthik ground a catch which was routine for any fielder in the deep. However, many let that slide since he’s primarily a wicketkeeper and is not used to fielding without his gloves. Not long after, Daryl Mitchell attempted to hit a maximum but the shot was a bit underpowered. Instead of going the distance, the ball found Karthik, who managed to stop it from going over the ropes but lost his balance in the process. He knew that crossing the ropes would award six runs, so he chucked the ball in the field and completed the catch in a second attempt. It was a brilliant piece of individual effort, lauded by all.
That’s the sort of stuff that gives you a lot of confidence on the fielder. Karthik had another opportunity to show off his catching skills when Ross Taylor scooped up a Hardik Pandya delivery. People had their fingers crossed, and DK dropped a dolly. Interestingly, DK was caught out by Tim Southee, courtesy of a brilliant, diving catch.
Karthik’s on-field misadventure inspired a number of memes, some of which celebrated his catch, while the others… not so much.
India had a poor day of cricket on Tuesday as not only did New Zealand beat the men’s team, the women’s team too was overwhelmed by an inspired Kiwi attack. Talk about a clinical day at the office.