Dinesh Karthik And Sunil Gavaskar Only Indians In Commentary Panel For WTC Final: Reports
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
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Dinesh Karthik And Sunil Gavaskar Only Indians In Commentary Panel For WTC Final: Reports

Dinesh Karthik, India, and KKR wicket-keeper and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar are reportedly the only Indians ready to join the on-ground panel for the summit clash as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is scrambling for commentators for the much-anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final.

The Indian duo will be accompanied by New Zealand’s Simon Doull and two neutral commentators in England’s Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP

Dinesh Karthik Was In India’s Test Team The Last Time India Toured England

A report in Cricbuzz claims that many commentators from India and New Zealand have refused to commentate on the WTC final. The stringent protocols, which mandate a 10-day quarantine for all overseas professionals for a 5-day stint, have apparently dissuaded them from the opportunity.

Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter
Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter

Other names, including Ian Smith, who famously held forth in the 2019 World Cup Final, are also in talks, albeit without any confirmation. Although Dinesh Karthik was in India’s Test side the last time they toured the UK, he has lost his place to Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.

The KKR and Indian keeper has played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs, and 32 T20Is and his last appearance came in World Cup 2019’s Semi-Final against New Zealand. The Indian selectors have snubbed India’s experienced wicket-keeper batsman after he scored just 14 runs in 2 innings at the ICC ODI World Cup tournament in July.

Dinesh Karthik Set To Be The Only Indian Commentator In The Hundred

In another example of his rise in the commentary arena, Dinesh Karthik is also set to be the only Indian voice in The Hundred. The former KKR captain was chosen by broadcaster Sky Sports for the inaugural 100-ball competition and will join Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, and David Lloyd, among others on the panel.

The WTC Final will begin on June 18 followed by The Hundred (July 22 – August 21) and a 5-Test series between India and England (August 4 – September 14).

Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)

Dinesh Karthik’s availability as a commentator for the WTC final might also mean that he will not play a part in the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The tour, which will run parallel to Virat Kohli‘s boys’ trip to England, will see the participation of most of India’s fringe players and white-ball specialists.

Dinesh Karthik was last seen in action in the IPL 2021, where he scored 123 runs across 7 innings at an average of 30.75. He has featured in 203 IPL games and amassed 3946 runs averaging 26.13 with 19 fifties.

Dinesh Karthik is one of the most experienced wicketkeeper-batsman in the scheme of things. He led KKR to playoffs in 2018 and his side finished fifth in the points table in 2019. Post the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in 2018, the keeper has upped the ante in terms of his finishing skills in the shortest version.