Updated: June 21, 2021 10:45:36 am
As India take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton, one Indian player caught everyone’s attention online despite not playing. Yes, Dinesh Karthik made his debut as a commentator and took social media by storm. As Indian fans couldn’t stop gushing about him, his name dominated trends on Twitter in India.
After rain spoiled all the excitement on Day 1, Karthik kept fans hooked with weather updates. And when players took the field on Saturday, he left the audience back home highly impressed with his commentary. He also earned plaudits from veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle on the microblogging site.
Very impressed with @DineshKarthik‘s debut in the commentary box.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 19, 2021
But what truly got fans excited was the moment when he sledged fellow commentator Nasser Hussain on Day 2 of the Test. After batting first, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill set the momentum despite difficult batting conditions. As Hussain praised Sharma for his technique against short ball, Karthik gloriously stole the show by pulling Hussain’s legs.
“Rohit is a great puller of the short ball. Uses his feet well against spin. Shows positive intent,” Hussain said, to which Karthik quipped: “Yes, exactly the opposite of you!”.
Soon, fans flooded Twitter with memes and tweets appreciating his witty commentary, urging ICC to let him continue with his mic.
Here’s how netizens reacted to Karthik’s commentary debut.
Dinesh Karthik just walks into the comms box and just starts bossing the game. pic.twitter.com/vFKDKuWoz8
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) June 19, 2021
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) June 19, 2021
When you hear Dinesh Karthik and not Murali Kartik. pic.twitter.com/xMfsOhryai
— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) June 19, 2021
— Debanshi Biswas (@BiswasDebanshi) June 19, 2021
— Om Ghorpade (@omghorpade99) June 19, 2021
Me listening to Dinesh Karthik’s commentary pic.twitter.com/4Zc7xrtgcK
— Shaman🦋 (@wittyshaman) June 19, 2021
— Bharath Gowda (@BharathTweetss) June 19, 2021
Dinesh Karthik on comms is such a refreshing change. LOVE IT ❤😌
— Bunny🐰 tryna be ia for exams (@SCRIPTEDICARUX) June 19, 2021
Dinesh Karthik pic.twitter.com/QOWbXAX6xN
— 𝕾𝖍𝖚𝖛𝖗𝖔𝖏𝖞𝖔𝖙𝖎 (@RoyShuvrojyoti) June 19, 2021
— Jimmy khangurha (@rajan8813) June 19, 2021
Dinesh Karthik sledging Nasser Hussain in the commentary box. GOLD! 😅
— Shubham (@professor_WTAF) June 19, 2021
Dinesh Karthik bossed the commentary game so far!
On point, cheeky when needed ..
Nasser Hussain be like:
“Doull bhi hai box mei, mera hi sledge kyu .. pic.twitter.com/NWuLgxeDbm
— ᴠɪɴᴀʏ (@dramaticdude_) June 19, 2021
Nasser Hussain: Rohit is a great puller of the short ball. Uses his feet well against spin. Shows positive intent.
Dinesh Karthik: yes, exactly the opposite of you🤣😭🤣😭
Absolute gold sledging in the commentary🤣😭#WTCFinal
— Aditya Jaiswal (@imaditya1106) June 19, 2021
— Anshuman (@Anshuman84m2) June 19, 2021
— Saurabh Matta (@SaurabhMatta) June 19, 2021
Naseer Hussain when Dinesh Karthik is commentating: pic.twitter.com/GE5VX72FBX
— Sanat Prabhu (@TheCovertIndian) June 19, 2021
— Nishant_gadhvi (@rough_talk_wala) June 19, 2021
— Meraj Khan (शेखर)🇮🇳 (@merajkhan_) June 19, 2021
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