Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik has made a big revelation, claiming that he was abused on social media during his debut commentary stint at the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. The former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper revealed that he received ‘thousands of abuses’ online for the rain and for not waking up early.
As India took on New Zealand in the WTC final, Karthik, who was a part of the ICC’s commentary panel for the final, regularly provided weather updates to fans on social media. Karthik said that he was appreciated by the fans on the first two days of the Test. However, things turned sour from Day 3 onwards as the wicket-keeper batsman was slurred by many over-enthusiastic fans.
I got abused for saying it was raining: Karthik
Dinesh Karthik opened up on the incident in “22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur” podcast. Karthik said, “‘Weatherman’ is a very double-edged sword, I’ll put it on record. The first day, a lot of praise, the second day, very happy, the third day they started abusing me. I wanted to sleep yaar, I can’t wake up every day at 6’o clock to give a weather report.
“They took it too seriously on social media. They started abusing me saying, ‘Wake up! What the hell are you doing?’ in far more choice words that I can’t use on the podcast, just for not waking up, which was hard but you have to live up to their expectations I guess. I got abused for saying it was raining!
“I was like, what is this, the weatherman will only tell you what is happening. I can’t make it up so that you are happy! But ya, I guess it goes as a part of the territory,”
“Two things I got abused for were for saying it’s gray and it’s raining and the fact that I couldn’t wake up early to give the news. And a lot of it, I am talking about thousands of abuses. Not one or two, that I would have let go. Thousands saying ‘Wake up, wake the hell up.'”
Dinesh Karthik’s revelation comes days after he apologised for his sexist comments made on-air during England-Sri Lanka series. Karthik issued an apology and mentioned in his apology that he got a lot of stick from his mother and wife for his comments and assured that this won’t happen again in the future from his side.