Dinesh Karthik’s commentary journey in the UK has been a hit since he debuted in 2021. The veteran India wicketkeeper’s cricketing knowledge and witty inputs have made him a popular broadcaster in England. On Day 4 of the 5th Ashes Test, Karthik decided to have some fun by teasing Ricky Ponting, who was part of the commentary panel.
During the broadcast, a clip of Ricky Ponting’s run-out from the famous 5th Test of the 2009 Ashes series was played. The moment featured Ponting getting run out at the striker’s end by a young Stuart Broad. The run-out had turned the momentum in favor of England in that crucial Test match.
After Stuart Broad announced his retirement from Test cricket on Day 3 of the 5th Ashes 2023 Test, Karthik couldn’t resist pulling Ponting’s leg with the iconic run-out. In response, Ponting and fellow commentator Mark Taylor playfully fired back at Karthik.
Dinesh Karthik said, “The two Australian commentators here are going gaga over how well Australia is going. Here is a moment though, that happened a few Ashes ago. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey had put on a partnership of 127 before this happened. What happened after that, I think it is best Ricky explains. They lost the Test and the Ashes post that.”
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In a light-hearted exchange, Ponting jokingly commented on Karthik’s apparent love for English cricket, saying, “Gee have a bit of that, there you go. Dinesh Karthik’s become an honorary Englishman overnight, hasn’t he?” Taylor joined in, quipping, “Just making sure he has a contract next year, isn’t he? Locking himself in the Sky box. Good work DK.”
Despite the rain interruptions, Australia’s chase of 384 in the 5th Ashes Test was steady. If they succeed, it would be the eighth-highest successful fourth-innings chase in test history, the second-best from an Australian side, and the second-best in England. It would also mark Australia’s first outright win on English soil in 22 years.
The playful banter between Karthik, Ponting, and Taylor added some light-hearted moments to the intense Ashes contest.