Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik led by example in Kolkata Knight Riders’ seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday.
From Dinesh Karthik’s stunning acrobatic skills to dismiss Ajinkaya Rahane from behind the stumps, to Andre Russell and Ben Stokes’ fielding masterpiece, to Chris Lynn’s dwindling batting form in IPL.
Apart from his match-winning 42-run unbeaten knock, it was his brilliant stumping which stunned everyone and left Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane bemused. The incident happened in seventh over of Rajasthan Royals innings when Rahane walked down the track to play Nitish Rana. Rahane tried to play a flick shot but missed it completely and the ball went off the pads.
An attentive Karthik took his one glove off, pounced on the ball and back-flicked it onto the stumps to send give KKR first success. Rahane was too far down the track and before he could turn and come back in, Karthik had already done the job for his team.
It's all OK when it's DK https://t.co/RXD9vDBawe
— Ashish Rana (@ARthegreat1) April 19, 2018
Dinesh Karthik,Pant, Samson, Kishan, Saha.. What wicket keeping prospects for team India post Dhoni era. They are not only clever behind the stumps but also quickies with the bat. #RRvKKR
— Fatima (@IamFatima5) April 18, 2018
Skipper Karthik (42 not out) and Rana (35 not out) combined for an unbroken 61-run partnership for the fourth wicket to ease past the line.
Karthik hit a six off Ben Laughlin to secure the win in style.