Dinesh Karthik last donned the India colours in a one-day international three years ago. In the Asia Cup 2014, he was part of the India team that played against Afghanistan. Karthi made 21 runs in India’s chase and remained unbeaten.
More than three years later, Karthik was picked to play for India again. After sitting on the bench for more than a month, Karthik was included in the playing XI of the Indian team for the fourth one-day international against West Indies in Antigua.
India did not change the playing XI in the second and third game of the series but after taking an unassailable lead in the series by winning the third game, India decided to make three changes to the side and one of them was bringing in Karthik for Yuvraj Singh, who had pulled his hamstring in the last game.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat so Karthik had to wait for his batting. But, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fell early in India’s chase of 190 runs in the fourth ODI which brought Karthik at the crease at number four.
Karthik did not have a pleasant outing though. After playing 18 balls, he was dismissed on the 19th. Alzarri Joseph bowled a short ball and a bit outside off. Karthik was late to it and got hit high on the sides of the bat. The ball skied and keeper Shai Hope took an easy catch. The wicket-keeper batsman was dismissed for two runs in India’s chase of 190 runs.