Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is a part of the commentary team that is in Southampton to preside over the ICC World Test Championship final. He is one from the commentary panel that includes names like Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Bishop, Simon Doull, Nasser Hussain amongst others. Karthik who has played decent enough international cricket for India shared his thoughts on how the game has panned out so far.
Meanwhile, during commentary, the panelists were also discussing a list of best-ever Test matches ever played. One match that found its mention was the 2001 test match between India and Australia in Kolkata. It was only the third time in Test history that a team had managed to win a match despite being forced to follow on.
Dinesh Karthik Remembers 2001 India-Australia Test Series
Dinesh Karthik shared an interesting memory from that Test series saying that he was a ball boy in the third Test in Chennai. Australia won the first Test in Mumbai. India, under Sourav Ganguly, won the next two Tests in Kolkata and Chennai, to win the series 2-1. In the process, India brought an end to Australia’s 16-match unbeaten streak.
“I was a ball boy during the next Test. It was a great experience, throwing the ball to these guys. I remember at the time I would get up at 8am and switch on the television and they went the entire day without losing a wicket. For a young player in India that was incredible and you have to remember that Australia at the time were insurmountable,” said Karthik.
In the Kolkata test, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman stitched a 376-run stand to take India to a mammoth 657/7 after India were bowled out for 171 in their first innings in response to Australia’s 445. Harbhajan Singh then took six wickets including a hat-trick to help India win the match by 171 runs. The Aussies were bowled out for 212 in their second innings.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh retired from international cricket after playing a Test series at home against India back in 2003-04. Ganguly’s team drew the series 1-1 winning the Adelaide Test which started India’s trend of winning Test matches overseas.