“Never Seen A Commentator Bat So Well”: Kevin Pietersen’s Scintillating Remark On Dinesh Karthik

Apr16,2024


Dinesh Karthik scored 83 runs in 35 balls against SRH© BCCI/Sportzpix

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered their sixth defeat in 7 matches as they chased a target of 288 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), a team that has been performing brilliantly in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Highest in IPL history, RCB got off to a great start with strong performances from Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. But, his dismissal and subsequent middle-order collapse put Sunrisers in control before a never-seen-before attack from Dinesh Karthik. The experienced wicketkeeper batsman scored 83 runs in 35 balls to keep RCB's hopes alive. Although he could not take the team home, Karthik's effort won the hearts of many on social media.

During the match, former England captain Kevin Pietersen made a scathing comment on Karthik, saying, “I have never seen a commentator bat so well.”

According to the statement, Pietersen has been referring to Karthik's commentary stint for the last one year. The wicketkeeper batsman was one of the commentators on the broadcaster's panel for many of India's overseas engagements. He has also worked as a pundit for many home series of the Indian team. But, when it comes to T20 cricket, especially in the IPL, he remains one of the best finishers in the game.

After the match, RCB captain Faf du Plessis admitted that his team has no place to hide. But, he appreciated the effort put in by the batting team despite chasing the biggest target ever in IPL history.

“Much better (batting performance) from our side; that was a proper T20 wicket. I tried to get closer at the end, but 280 was too far. It's tough. We tried a few things; we tried different things. There is no way to hide when your confidence is low. From a batting point of view, we need to ensure that the run rate does not go down. Du Plessis said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“The guys put their hands up and never gave up (in the run chase). It was good to see the fight. Thirty to forty runs was a bit much from a bowling point of view. It's important to go away and refresh your mind; it's such a It's a mental game. Sometimes you feel like you have to show your full commitment when you come back into the competition.”

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