England vs India: Dinesh Karthik funnily hints at keeping wickets in the practice match
Karthik hasn't played for India since the 2019 World Cup semi-final.
Updated - Jul 16, 2021 9:08 am
Dinesh Karthik, the veteran Indian cricketer, is currently in England where he’s weaving magic in the commentary box. The 36-year-old has garnered loads of praise for his free-flowing style of commentary, though he got himself tangled in an odd controversy. Karthik hasn’t played international cricket since the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
At the age of 36, it’s highly unlikely that he would get to make a comeback to the national team. In the meantime, the Tamil Nadu-born Karthik has shown interest to keep wickets in India’s practice game before the five-match Test series against England. The match is set to get underway on July 20 and the Indian team has already left for Durham.
Karthik uploaded a picture of his kit bag on his official Twitter handle with the hashtag, which read ‘just saying’. His tweet came after Rishabh Pant tested positive for COVID-19 and he didn’t travel to Durham with the national team.
The young keeper, as per reports, had been staying in isolation for the last eight days. Wriddhiman Saha is also in isolation after coming in close contact with one of the affected members.
Here’s Dinesh Karthik’s tweet:
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 15, 2021
India’s warm-up match is against a County Select XI at Chester-le-Street in Durham. The visitors will use the venue “as a home venue for their preparations this summer”, a release from Durham cricket mentioned on Wednesday, July 14.
“The three-day game will see a number of players from the county circuit feature as they go up against the Indian national side,” a release said.
Back in June, India lost the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand by eight wickets. After the defeat at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, Indian skipper Virat Kohli put forth the importance of practice matches before a tour.
“We obviously wanted first-class games, which I believe have not been given to us. I don’t know what the reasons for that are. But yeah, other than that, I think our preparation time will be ample for us to be ready for the first Test,” Virat had said in the post-match press conference.
India’s Test series against England starts on August 4 with the opening Test to be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.