The preparations for the first World Test Championship (WTC) Final have already begun. New Zealand and India will face each other in the final, both of them have been absolutely magnificent and deserve to be in the finals. In the meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been deciding on the commentary panel for the finals. There’s a huge chance that we might see a majority of commentators from England as the final is taking place in Southampton, which happens to be in England. Former Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and the legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar are reportedly the only Indians ready to join the on-ground panel for the mega clash. They will be accompanied by New Zealand’s Simon Doull and two neutral commentators in England’s Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain.

Sunil Gavaskar speaking about Dinesh Karthik in IPL 2020
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Commentators also set to remain in Bio-Bubble

According to a report in Cricbuzz, ICC likely to pick Nasser Hussian, Mike Atherton as neutral commentators then Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Gavaskar from India and Simon Doull from New Zealand for the WTC final. This report claims that several Indian and New Zealand commentators have declined the offer to cover the WTC finals. This is due to the hard and strict quarantine rules. The protocols, which include a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all overseas professionals for a 5-day stint, have apparently lead them to decline the opportunity. Well one can’t really blame them as the Quarantine rules have taken a toll on several well known people. However, the one name which might surprise a few people is Dinesh Karthik. His rise as a commentator has been astonishing. He was recently seen in Sky Sports and managed to impress one and all.

DK in Sky Sports
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Dinesh Karthik also in Sky Sports Panel for THE HUNDRED

To add to this, Dinesh Karthik is also set to be the only Indian voice in The Hundred. The KKR KKR wicketkeeper was chosen by broadcaster Sky Sports for the inaugural 100-ball competition and will join Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and David Lloyd, among others on the panel. The last time around however Dinesh Karthik was a wicketkeeper in India’s tour to England back in 2018. He then lost his place to Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha. However on the other hand Sunil Gavaskar has been a veteran commentator and seeing him get a commentary stint should not be surprising to anyone.

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By Arvind Krishnan

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