A week after being praised for his commentary debut during the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, former wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik drew social media ire over sexist remarks while on air during the second ODI between England and Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Karthik, who has played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs, and 32 T20Is for India, was on air when he reflected on cricket bats and ended up making a controversial comment. The 36-year old became an instant hit among the cricket fraternity and fans for his on-air commentary that was seen as a breath of fresh air. This, however, was to change on Thursday when Karthik turned up for the England and Sri Lanka series.
Dinesh Karthik might still be an active cricketer but he is already gaining popularity as a commentator. A number of cricketers have made the switch to the commentary box after hanging up their boots and Karthik also seems to be heading that way.
Dinesh Karthik trolled brutally:
The former KKR skipper was trying to explain how most batsmen don’t tend to like their own bats and find others’ equipment more reliable when he came up with a questionable analogy. This is what he said which fumed the fire-
“Batsmen and not liking bats, they go hand in hand. Most of the batters don’t seem to like their bats. They either like another person’s bat. Bats are like a neighbor’s wife. They always feel better,”
Kartik was immediately called out for his sexist and misogynistic comments on Twitter, while many asked for an apology. However, his comment on Thursday didn’t go down well with people and many called him out on social media. He has not yet addressed the issue himself. Here are some of the reactions from the fans-
In what has been the start of his commentary stint, Karthik has garnered plenty of praise from fans and peers. Even Harsha Bhogle had hailed the Indian wicket-keeper batsman for the way he aced the commentary challenge in the WTC final.