Dinesh Karthik’s last-ball six to win 2018 Nidahas Trophy set to be India’s first sporting NFT

Dinesh Karthik ended with an unbeaten 29 off just 8 balls to win the Man of the Match award later in the finale.

Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 10 October 2021 5:07 pm

It has been more than three years since Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six to win the 2018 Nidahas Trophy for India. The final of the tournament was a pure roller-coaster ride for India and their opponents Bangladesh, who had almost won the game, had there not been a Dinesh Karthik snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat.

With 34 needed off the final 2 overs, Karthik fetched 22 runs off Rubel Hossain's over. Even though pressure was paramount with India needing 5 runs off the final ball to win, a calm and composed Karthik hit an excellent shot over extra cover to seal the thriller for India. The moment is definitely unforgettable for cricket fans, especially for the ardent followers of Team India. However, in a bid to make it more memorable, the moment is now set to be India's first ever sports NFT (non-fungible token). The making of the project, which is a digital art, involves Karthik himself with his brother-in-law and top-ranked squash player, Saurav Ghoshal, accompanying him.

This is one of the best moments of my life: Karthik

Karthik, who had ended with an unbeaten 29 off just 8 balls to win the Man of the Match award, opened up about the dramatic final moment in the game and revealed what fascinated him to cover the episode with an all different angle.

“This is one of the best moments of my life. To get it out there graphically and have people look at it, not to mention the fact that I was an integral part of the whole process was something I thoroughly enjoyed,” said Karthik as quoted by CNBC-TV18.

“I was keen on getting my emotion out there in the artwork. I wanted to encapsulate the moment and take the fan through what it must feel like for a cricketer, as the bowler stands at the top of his mark... I wanted everybody who has the opportunity to look at this NFT, to feel those moments,” he added.

Notably, the first sports NFT, which will feature an animated clip presenting what was going in the mind of Karthik when he was batting in the game, will go on auction from October 12.

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