Twitter trolls Dinesh Karthik for his lacklustre wicketkeeping at Edgbaston

Twitter trolls Dinesh Karthik for his lacklustre wicketkeeping at Edgbaston

Even in the second innings, he has had his travails behind the wickets.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Dinesh Karthik hasn’t had a joyous time thus far in the opening Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. He didn’t get many opportunities in the limited-overs series against Ireland and England respectively. However, Wriddhiman Saha, who is India’s regular wicketkeeper-batsman in Tests, injured his thumb after which he suffered a shoulder injury.

It also meant that Dinesh Karthik was drafted in place of the Bengal cricketer. He played brilliantly in the practice match against Essex at County Ground in Chelmsford and was expected to play a major role in the first match against the Brits. Nevertheless, he couldn’t open his account in the first innings as Ben Stokes comprehensively ran through his defence to uproot his middle-stump.

Karthik having a difficult time

He also hasn’t been at his best with his wicketkeeping prowess. He is known for his acrobatic skills owing to which he was roped in to play the longest format. He has taken a number of blinders with the gloves and has carved a reputation as a safe gloveman. In English conditions, the leather tends to seam around quite a bit, prodigiously at times, and the ball also moves in the air.

Karthik has been found wanting in the seam-friendly conditions. He has had difficulty to collect the ball cleanly. He hasn’t been able to get himself in the right positions to gather the leather. In the first innings, he also dropped the catch of Sam Curran. The Tamil-Nadu-born player dived full length on to his right, but couldn’t latch on to the delivery with his right hand.

Even in the second innings, he has had his travails behind the wickets. In the meantime, Twitter is highly dissatisfied with his performance as the keeper. Subsequently, they bashed him left, right and centre.

Here is how Twitter reacted