Never seen a commentator bat so well: Pietersen hails Karthik for superb 83

Written by Praveen CA

Veteran RCB wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik left fans and fellow cricketers in awe with his remarkable 83-run knock against SRH on April 15th, 2024. Amidst the high-octane clash in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, Karthik unleashed a batting masterclass, scoring an explosive 83 runs off just 35 balls. This phenomenal performance included five fours and seven sixes, showcasing Karthik’s exceptional ability to dominate the bowling attack.

One of the most memorable moments of Karthik’s innings was his record-breaking 108m six, the longest in the IPL 2024 season, which not only electrified the atmosphere at the Chinnaswamy Stadium but also underscored his dominance in the shortest format of the game. Despite Bengaluru chasing a daunting target of 288 runs set by Hyderabad – the highest-ever IPL score of 287/3 – Karthik’s heroics brought the team tantalisingly close to victory. Although RCB ultimately fell short, ending at 262/7, Karthik’s innings was a silver lining and earned him a standing ovation from the Bengaluru crowd.

Kevin Pietersen, the former England cricketer turned commentator, was particularly impressed by Karthik’s performance. During his commentary, Pietersen remarked, “Never seen a commentator bat so well,” highlighting the dual role Karthik has embraced as both a player and a commentator. This commendation from Pietersen, a cricketing legend himself, speaks volumes about Karthik’s enduring talent and adaptability.

Karthik’s innings against SRH not only solidified his reputation as a formidable T20 batsman but also served as a fitting highlight in what has been announced as his final IPL season. With a career that includes being part of the victorious 2007 T20 World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Indian teams, and amassing over 4000 runs in the IPL, Karthik’s legacy as a cricketer is undeniable.

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