Vastavam web: India’s top-scorer Dinesh Karthik rued the dropped catches that proved decisive in his team’s nine-wicket loss to the West Indies in a one-off Twenty20 match, acknowledging a chance that he himself spilt. In the sixth over, Lewis went for a lofted straight drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but a mix-up between skipper Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami saw the opportunity go waste.Four balls later, Lewis gave another chance when he heaved at a Kuldeep Yadav delivery but got a reprieve when an onrushing Karthik, at long-off, couldn’t get into the position.
Explaining why he couldn’t hold on to the catch, Karthik said: “I am pretty confident of taking high catches in fielding. It is just that I came running in and the breeze took it away slightly more than I thought and from the corner of my eyes I saw Virat running in as well.”I didn’t want to bump into him and that took a fraction of second for me which made me run more than I should and that kind of didn’t get me in good position and that’s is the reason I dropped the catch,” he said.India posted 190-6 on a belter but opener Lewis slammed an unbeaten 125 off 62 balls to take West Indies home in just 18.3 overs.
“It goes to show he was hitting the ball really well. He was targetting areas that we were confident about. Lot of good balls, he was hitting for boundaries, so it is not easy to bowl. It was one of those days when not much was done by us as a bowling unit but those kind of days happen in T20,” he added.Not a regular in the playing XI, the 32-year-old from Tamil Nadu said he is just trying to score as many runs as possible when he gets an opportunity.
“Given the opportunities given to me, I am trying to do my best. It is a highly competitive team, we have got to put our best foot forward and keep performing and I am trying to do that consistently. My aim is to pile on the runs whenever I get an opportunity, that’s what I am trying to focus on,” he said.
“Players like Hardik Pandya will always be missed because he is a power player, he can hit the big ball and at the same time he has the knack of picking up wickets as well. Obviously it is not great to miss him but freak injuries do happen.”Credit to us as well. We are coming from a big tournament in champions Trophy and come back and put same intensity and performance through the West Indies tour has been good.