Having last played an international game in 2019, out-of-favour wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik, will be donning the commentator’s hat during the upcoming white-ball series between India and England.
Sky Sports, which will televise 5 T20I and 3 ODIs between India and England in the United Kingdom, made the big announcement on Monday. Karthik is set to join the list of Indian cricketers who did commentary while still playing competitive cricket.
Harbhajan Singh is one prominent name in the list while Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Robin Uthappa are some other players on this list. Stuart Broad, who is part of England’s Test squad, will join Karthik in the commentary box.
Also, David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Michel Atherton and Rob Key are the other members on the commentary panel, as per Sky Sports. Karthik is the only non-Englishmen on the panel.
Karthik is currently leading Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and will only join the commentary panel after the completion of the tournament. The first-round games will end on March 1, with Tamil Nadu playing their last fixture on February 28.
Should Tamil Nadu qualify for the second round, scheduled to begin on March 7, with the final on March 14, Karthik might make a delayed entry into the commentary box.
The India and England limited-overs series kicks off on March 12. While the five T20Is will be played on March 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 in Ahmedabad, the three ODIs will be played in Pune on March 23, 26 and 28.
Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu had defeated Baroda in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The 35-year-old, Karthik, will also be in action during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will represent the Kolkata Knight Riders.