Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik left the fans awestruck by his astute and entertaining commentary during the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. However, just a few days later, the wicket-keeper batsman was called out on social media for a sexist remark he made during the second ODI between England and Sri Lanka.
While commenting on a passage of play where an England batsman was trying out a bat from Sri Lanka’s dugout, Dinesh Karthik said: “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 neighbour’s wife. They always feel better.”
The comment, though unintentional, didn’t go well with fans who started criticizing Karthik for his misogynistic remark. The wicketkeeper-batsman, however, has apologized for the remark and assured of a better choice of words in future.
During the commentary of the 3rd ODI between England and Sri Lanka, Karthik said: “I want to apologise for what happened last game. It’s not really what I intended. I just got it all wrong. I apologise to everybody. It’s definitely not the right thing to say.”
“I got a lot of stick from my wife and my mum for saying that. I am really sorry that it shouldn’t happen again,” he added.
Karthik along with Sunil Gavaskar were the two Indians in the commentary panel of the host broadcaster for the World Test Championship final. Karthik was later included in the commentary team for the Sri Lanka tour of England.
Even though Karthik has taken up the commentator’s role, he has not given up on his dreams of playing for India again. During the WTC final, Karthik mentioned he is not yet retired and there is another two three years of cricket left in him. Karthik last played for India in the 2019 World Cup.