Nidahas Trophy Final: Vijay Shankar Faces Fans Backlash For Poor Showing With Bat

Updated: 19 March 2018 13:39 IST

Vijay Shankar was promoted up the order but failed to deliver.

Nidahas Trophy Final: Vijay Shankar Faces Fans Backlash For Poor Showing With Bat
Vijay Shankar came into bat ahead of Dinesh Karthik but struggled with the bat in the final. © AFP

Dinesh Karthik's heroic innings helped India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the final and clinch the Nidahas Trophy title on Sunday. Karthik broke Bangladeshi hearts when he smashed Soumya Sarkar for a last-ball six. A wave of jubilation swept across India as Karthik did the unthinkable. However, amid the revelry, there was some anger among the Indian fans with one cricketer in particular facing the wrath of Twitter users. Fans berated Vijay Shankar for his sluggish innings in the final that almost cost India the match.

Shankar was sent into bat ahead of Karthik but struggled big-time, managing to score 17 off 19 balls before being dismissed on the penultimate ball of the match.

Chasing 167 for victory, India found themselves in a spot of bother early on as Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Suresh Raina (0) fell before the fourth over. Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul strung together a crucial 51-run stand to bring India back into the contest.

While Rahul was dismissed for 24, Rohit went on to score his 14th T20I half-century. However, Rohit failed to kick on from there and fell to Nazmul Islam for 56.

India were 98 for four in 13.2 overs, still needing 69 off 40 balls when Rohit was dismissed.

Surprisingly, the Indian team management decided to send Vijay Shankar ahead of Karthik and that didn't work to India's advantage.

He struggled and his sluggish innings left India in heaps of trouble. Vijay Shankar had numerous swings and misses, and his poor timing meant he could not get boundaries they so desperately needed.

Karthik, who came at No.7, immediately hit the ground running. Needing five runs off the last ball, Karthik did the unthinkable sending fans and his teammates into a frenzy.

Highlights
  • Vijay Shankar trolled by Indian fans on Twitter
  • Vijay Shankar had a poor outing in the final
  • India beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets to win Nidahas Trophy title
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