One such instance happened recently when Dinesh Karthik, who is in England for his commentary stint, posted a photo of himself on the cricket field, not in cricket gear, but a suit.
Sharma, who is also in England for the Test assignment, reminded the Tamil Nadu cricketer that he can still play good cricket.
“You still have some cricket left. FYI,” Sharma commented.
The wicket-keeper has impressed all with his commentary, where he provides sharp analysis and at times engages in funny banter with co-commentators.
“don’t ever doubt that sham,” Dinesh Karthik promptly replied.
Dinesh Karthik hasn’t played for India for two years – his last international appearance came in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand; he was dropped from both ODI and T20I sides. He continues to play for Tamil Nadu and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
I want to break that stereotype: Dinesh Karthik
The 36-year-old has adjusted almost seamlessly into his new role as a commentator. Dinesh Karthik hasn’t retired though from international cricket and wishes to “break that stereotype” where Indian cricketers take up commentary only after retirement.
He points out that not only in other sports but overseas cricketers as well – English and Australian – do part-time commentary even before they have retired. He wants to make that normal amongst Indian cricketers too.
“There are a lot of other sports like basketball and football where current players come on air when they are not playing,” Dinesh Karthik was quoted as saying by India Today.
“Even now during the Sri Lanka-England T20s, James Anderson was doing it for BBC in the next room. So it is a normal thing, it is only in India I think it is considered like that (post-retirement option). I obviously want to break that stereotype to an extent and I am happy to do this when I am not playing,” he added.