India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who hasn't played a game for the national team since the 2019 World Cup, sent a subtle reminder to the team that he is still around after the COVID-19 scare in the Indian contingent in the United Kingdom. Prior to the five-match Test series against England, the team's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19 while back-up keeper Wriddhiman Saha has also been sent into 10-day isolation for coming in close contact with yet another positive staff member.
Amid all this, there are question marks over the wicketkeeper's slot in the side for the County game beginning on July 20. Although KL Rahul can don the gloves, he has never kept wickets in a red-ball game at the highest level. And so DK decided to post a witty tweet suggesting that he is ready to grab the job, in case, the need arises.
Karthik, who is already in England and was part of the commentary panel for the ICC World Test Championship final, posted a picture of his Kolkata Knight Riders kitbag and captioned it "just saying."
Although Karthik's commentary stint has been well received by the fans and experts, except for a minor glitch for which he apologised later, he has still not lost hopes of making a comeback to the Indian side.
In an earlier interview, the former KKR captain said how he wants to leave a mark with his performances in the IPL and make a case for himself in the national team.
Looking forward to doing well for KKR, says Karthik
Karthik highlighted how one tends to realise how tough cricket is once he is out of reckoning but added that if he can do well in the second half of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, perhaps he could get back into the team.
"A lot would depend on how the IPL goes, so looking forward to doing well for KKR and let's see if that helps me (make the Indian team)," Karthik told PTI.
DK last donned the Indian whites during India's Test match against England at Lord's in August 2018.