As India faced Bangladesh in their fourth T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 fixture at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, November 2, Dinesh Karthik became the subject of criticism and ridicule by Indian fans. Like many in the Indian team, the 37-year-old failed to perform in batting, going back to the pavilion for seven runs off five balls after being run out by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.

Not only did Karthik fail while batting, but he also went on to drop Litton Das in the third over, who went on to score the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup 2022. The incident took place in the fifth delivery of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over, when the ball hit Bangladesh opener Litton Das’ bat in the corner and went for a catch to Dinesh Karthik.

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Watch Dinesh Karthik’s drop of Litton Das here:

The Indian keeper threw himself horizontally while stretching his right arm, however, was unable to make the catch. KL Rahul, who fielded at slip, also attempted to make the catch behind Dinesh Karthik but failed as well.

Karthik’s poor performance in batting and wicketkeeping became subject to widespread criticism and ridicule by the Indian fans on social media platforms, many of whom questioned his selection while keeping Rishabh Pant on the bench.

“Dinesh Karthik is so poor with the gloves, missed an easy run out vs Pakistan, missed 2 easy stumping vs Netherlands, again was very slow today & let the ball bounce in front of his glove (1.5) & Liton Das survived, today’s 2nd catch was tough. #INDvBAN #INDvsBAN #T20WorldCup,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“Wicketkeeping of dinesh Karthik will cost this world cup for us . Every match he dropping chances. #T20Iworldcup2022 #WCT20 #india #INDvsBAN #karthik #Rohit #pant,” another user tweeted.

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Some users also lobbied for the inclusion of Rishabh Pant in the Indian team at the expense of Dinesh Karthik’s poor performance against Bangladesh. “@DineshKarthik can’t bat, run or catch in this match. Yet he is chosen over @RishabhPant17 #bizarre #INDvsBAN,” another tweet read.

Some users also said that they missed former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, behind the stumps while watching Dinesh Karthik play. “#INDvBAN Dhoni is missed ….not only amazing captain but best wicket keeper. To give lifeline to someone like Litton Das is sure going to be disastrous…Rohit Sharma would have to explain about his choice of keeping Dinesh Karthik, bad with bat and wicket keeping,” a tweet read.