Senior India keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and former captain Sunil Gavaskar are believed to be the only two Indians who are included in the ICC’s on-ground commentary panel for the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, several commentators from India and New Zealand have denied traveling to England for doing on-field commentary for the WTC final. They have cited the UK government imposed 10-day mandatory quarantine, for commentating on a solitary Test match, as the reason.
Joining Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Gavaskar on the panel would be former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull; two neutral commentators in England’s Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain will also be seen on the panel.
Former Kiwi keeper-batsman and a well-known commentator, Ian Smith, who is famous for his iconic deliverance in the 2019 World Cup final, is expected to join too – but not confirmed yet.
Dinesh Karthik to continue to commentate in The Hundred; will miss out Sri Lanka tour
Dinesh Karthik has impressed everyone with his insights of the game, analysis, and occasional funny takes when he did commentary during the India-England white-ball matches earlier in the year for Sky Sports.
It has also been reported that the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain will be doing commentary for Sky Sports in the inaugural edition of The Hundred – the ECB-created new cricket competition – which will run from July 22 to August 21. The likes of Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, and David Lloyd will be among others on the panel.
This would mean that Dinesh Karthik, who last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final and has been dropped since, would miss out on the tour of Sri Lanka, which is scheduled from July 13 to 27.
The Sri Lanka series presented a great opportunity for the right-hander to make a claim for a comeback in the side as both Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul would be away on the tour to England for the Test matches.