India beat Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final yesterday but it wasn't your usual, expected victory against the neighbouring country. Bangladesh made India work hard for the trophy in a thrilling encounter which had the cricket fans in the entire subcontinent biting their nails till the very last ball.
Now, last ball thrillers always have heroes and hero of this final was Dinesh Karthik. The 8 deliveries that he faced yesterday are hands down the most important ones of his career, till now.
His 29-run-inning might not look very big on the scoreboard but every Indian will remember what it meant on the night it was scored. With 5 runs needed off the last delivery, Karthik hit a 6, reminding people of Dhoni and his class finishes.
As you'd expect, social media exploded with reactions after the match and here are some of the best ones.
The naagin dance, of course.
And some more of it.
Can't tell if this guy is happy or angry.
Sri Lankans just being proud neighbours.
Karthik's teammates, former cricketers and other celebrities also took to Twitter to congratulate him and the team for the sensational victory.
What an unbelievable knock from @DineshKarthik last night, knowing him well this was something that he always wanted to do and it came through on the finals night. 🙌— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 19, 2018
T 2747 - INDIA WINS !! T20 in the TRI championship VS BanglaDesh .. what a thriller .. BD had us on the ropes .. and Dinesh Kartik, you beauty .. a brilliant knock .. 24 needed in last 2 overs .. 5 runs and 1 ball left and he hits a 6 ! INCREDIBLE ! CONGRATULATIONS !! pic.twitter.com/je0WyaWzpe— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 18, 2018
What a man!!! @DineshKarthik congratulations! 29 of 8!!! Such a tight spot and you played it so cool. Hats off! Sorry Bangladesh this could have been yours. Well played! #INDvBAN #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/X3N3G16FiR— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) March 18, 2018
In the nets and on the field, we work hard and together we build!Congratulations team, super proud!Fantastic innings @ImRo45 & @DineshKarthik. Kudos guys 🙌#OneTeam #NidahasTrophy2018Final #INDvBAN @BCCI pic.twitter.com/VNOnOLGXbH— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 18, 2018
When first news in the morning is of India’s victory🏆, you know the day is going to be great. Congrats @DineshKarthik 🌟. Six over covers, when 5 runs were needed to win the match! Amazing😃👍 Many congratulations Team India for winning the #NidahasTrophy2018 @bcci #INDvsBAN— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) March 19, 2018
Incredible end to what had been such a great season. What a way to pull off a victory. Magnificent from the entire unit 👏👏 🇮🇳 @BCCI— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 18, 2018
And this is what the man of the day tweeted to express his emotions: