India vs England: Dinesh Karthik set to don commentator’s hat for limited-overs series
India’s experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is currently out of the national set-up for obvious reasons. There has always been a tough competition among the Indian players to break into the playing XI. It has never been that easy for players to cement their spot for a long time.
Dinesh Karthik was last seen plying his trade for Team India in the 2019 World Cup match against New Zealand in Manchester. Since then, he has been out of the team’s plans.
Dinesh Karthik to don commentator’s hat
However, he wants to stay connected to Indian cricket. This is the reason why he has decided to don the commentator’s hat in the forthcoming limited-overs series between India and England. Dinesh joined the list of Indian players who did commentary while still being an active cricketer.
It should be noted that veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who is also out of the team set-up is a regular feature in the commentary box. Dinesh Karthik will be the latest addition. Meanwhile, England’s veteran pacer Stuart Broad who only plays Test cricket will join Dinesh in the commentary box.
Sky Sports made this official announcement. The likes of David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Michel Atherton, and Rob key are members on the commentary box, according to Sky Sports. It is to be noted that the Tamil Nadu-born cricketer Karthik is the only Indian on the list.
The experienced campaigner is currently skippering Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament. He will only join the commentary box after completing his ongoing assignments. Meanwhile, the league stage matches of the List A tournament will come to a close on March 1, with Tamil Nadu playing their last match on February 28.
On the other hand, the second-round games will kick-off on Mach 7, with the final scheduled to be held on March 14. Should his team makes it to the second round, the 35-year-old might join the commentary panel later.
Meanwhile, the first two Tests between India and England have been done and dusted with both the teams winning a game each. After the four-match Test series, both teams will lock horns with each other in the limited-overs series. India and England will play 5 T20Is followed by 3 ODIs.
The limited-overs series kicks off on March 12. The five T20Is will go all guns blazing on March 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 in Ahmedabad. On the other hand, the three ODIs will be played in Pune on March 23, 26, and 28 respectively.
Meanwhile, Dinesh’s cricketing career is not done yet. With Team India still seeking for the role of a finisher in the truncated version of the game, the veteran can still sneak into the T20I side provided if he showcases his mettle in the upcoming edition of the IPL, where he will ply his trade for two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders.