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Dinesh Karthik spills beans on MS Dhoni's praise and Hardik Pandya sledges during IPL 2024

Published at :May 30, 2024 at 4:29 PM
Modified at :May 30, 2024 at 4:29 PM
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Dinesh Karthik will commentate in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Dinesh Karthik called time on his Indian Premier League (IPL) and international career after the IPL 2024 concluded. Karthik, who played for Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in IPL 2024, finished his career after RCB were knocked out of the competition by Rajasthan Royals in Eliminator.

He scored 326 runs in 15 games, finishing with a strike rate of 187.36 and a top score of 83. He smashed 27 fours and 22 sixes for RCB, who lost to RR in the Eliminator match.

Karthik’s spectacular IPL career saw him play for up to six clubs in 17 seasons, amassing nearly 5000 runs, taking 145 catches and 37 stumpings. Karthik is also the competition’s second-most capped player, with 257 appearances, tied with Rohit Sharma and behind CSK’s MS Dhoni (264).

In conversation with Cricbuzz, Dinesh Karthik recalled some of the compliments he has received from his teammates and peers. The one big compliment he got was from MS Dhoni, who liked his commentary.

“There’s been a lot of outpouring of love… One for my cricket – Virat Kohli saying that he’d love me being part of the [RCB] team which was a great compliment. Dhoni said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed your commentary, DK. Very, very good.’ That’s about as big a compliment as you can get from Dhoni I guess,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.

Dinesh Karthik recalls sledges and send-offs from Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Rohit Sharma in IPL

In a recent conversation with Cricbuzz, Karthik reflected on the numerous types of sledging he has received over his significantly long cricketing career, which also includes ones by the likes of Hardik and Virat Kohli.

“Every time I played against RCB and Virat Kohli caught my catch, ‘Ben Stokes’ came out of his mouth for sure. But that was a send-off. Hardik Pandya sledged me saying ‘Abhi leg-spinner aaya, iska thank you hi hai’ [Now a leg spinner will come, and it is Thank You time] Then I had to play a couple of shots, and then he was like ‘Theek hai, thoda improve hogaya lag raha hai’. [Looks like he’s improved a bit]. That was good,” Dinesh said.

“He’s a good friend. He was also like ‘Commentator banke bhi thoda kaam kar raha hai’. [Even after becoming a commentator, he’s working on his game] That was fun. Rohit Sharma was also taunting me this year… unnecessarily giving me hopes,” Karthik said.

Dinesh Karthik will be next seen in the commentary box in the T20 World Cup 2024.

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