WI VS IND: Former India batter turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has applauded veteran India batter Dinesh Karthik for playing a stunning knock in the first T20I between India and the West Indies on Friday (July 29). Karthik hit an unbeaten 41 off just 19 balls as India set a total of 191 runs at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba. Their bowlers then restricted West Indies to 122-8, registering a convincing 68-run win and taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series as well.

While reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “My Player of the Match is Dinesh Karthik; he was actually chosen as the Player of the Match as well, although Rohit Sharma scored the most runs. This is where stats tell us a few things but hide a lot. They tell that Rohit was brilliant; there is no doubt about it, but when he got out, it seemed India will get stuck.”

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WI VS IND: Dinesh Karthik’s swashbuckling knock leaves everyone speechless

Chopra also stated that the Karthik ensured that India posted a huge total when they seemed to be in trouble after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. The former Indian opener also said that when Dinesh is there then everything is possible. Moreover, the veteran believes that Karthik has a lot of cricket left in him.

India were reduced to 127/5 with Rohit Sharma’s dismissal on the penultimate ball of the 15th over. While Ravindra Jadeja was also dismissed soon after, Karthik stood there and added an unbeaten 52-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin for the seventh wicket to take Team India to a massive total. While highlighting Dinesh Karthik’s role as a specialist finisher, Aakash Chopra said that he batted even lower than his position in Friday’s game and still did well.

“He might be the only batter in the world who is played at No. 6 as a specialised position. He scored 41 runs off 19 balls, with four fours and two sixes, at a strike rate of 215. He didn’t even come at No. 6 this time, he came at No. 7; he came after Jadeja,” he concluded.

Both teams will play the second T20I at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts on Monday, August 1.

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