Veteran Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik revealed that he faced abuse on social media during the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) last month. The match between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton was rain-hit and it went on till Reserve Day, where the Kiwis won by eight wickets to claim the title. With this international match Dinesh Karthik stepped into the world of commentary and in the very first match, he had to be abused not for his commentary but for some other things.
Karthik was the only Indian commentator apart from the great Sunil Gavaskar in the high-voltage encounter. The 36-year-old wicket-keeper batsman said he was “raining” and even abused for “not getting up early”. Actually, Dinesh Karthik became a ‘Weatherman’ in Southampton, who used to give information related to the weather. He also had to be abused for this, because people wanted to know whether it would rain or not or whether it was raining or not, because everyone was excited about the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Dinesh Karthik on the 22 Yarns podcast said, “‘Weatherman’ is a very double-edged sword; I’ll put it on record. Lots of compliments on the first day, a lot of joy on the second day, they started abusing me on the third day. I wanted to sleep.” Man; I can’t get up at 6 am every day to report the weather. Cricket fans took this very seriously on social media. They started abusing me, ‘Wake up! What are you doing?’ In more like words that I can’t use on podcasts, just not to wake up, which was tough but I guess you have to live up to their expectations. I was abused to say it’s raining !”
Kartik further added, “I was abused for two things, for saying that it is gray and it is raining and the fact that I could not wake up early to report the news. And a lot of it, I got thousands of abuses. Not one or two, that I’d let go. Thousands are saying ‘Get up or go to hell.’ Karthik recently found himself embroiled in controversy during England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka, when he called the bat a neighbour’s wife.