- Nasima Akter
Dinesh Karthik Predicts Umesh Yadav's Six On-Air
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for cricket fans all over the world. And the third Test in Indore on Wednesday (March 1) was no exception.
While the Australian spin trio of Matthew Kuhnemann, Nathan Lyon, and Todd Murphy wreaked havoc on the Indian batting line-up, there was one moment that stood out, and it involved the ever-so-charming Dinesh Karthik.
As Indian pacer Umesh Yadav walked up to the crease, Dinesh Karthik, who was doing the commentary at the time, made a prediction that would leave the co-commentator stunned. "I think he's going to go for a six. It's either six or out," said Karthik. And lo and behold, on the last ball of the 30th over, Umesh hammered a six, just as Karthik had predicted.
The video of Karthik's prediction has gone viral on social media, with fans hailing the wicketkeeper-batsman as a "Nostradamus." But let's not forget the role that Umesh Yadav played in this moment. The 35-year-old pacer was included in the side in place of Mohammed Shami, and he made the most of the opportunity.
Who is Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik is a veteran Indian cricketer known for his flamboyant batting and agile wicket-keeping skills. Born in Tamil Nadu, Karthik made his debut in international cricket at the age of 19 and has since been a prominent figure in Indian cricket.
Over the years, he has amassed over 10,000 runs in domestic cricket, including more than 20 centuries, and has been a regular feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Besides his cricketing skills, Karthik is also known for his sharp cricketing acumen and has been a sought-after commentator in recent times.
What Happened in the Match
With the Indian team struggling to even reach the three-figure mark at one point, it was all thanks to Umesh's couple of big shots that India managed to cross the 100-run mark.
In a game where the Indian batting line-up failed to deliver, Umesh's short stay at the crease was a breath of fresh air. His two sixes and one four during his 13-ball stay entertained the fans and added a bit of excitement to an otherwise dull day for the Indian team.
Umesh's cameo also helped him equal Virat Kohli's tally of 24 maximums in Test cricket, but it was his performance with the ball on Day 2 that made the headlines. Umesh picked up three important wickets to lead India's fight back, as Australia was bowled out for 197, taking a vital 88-run first-innings lead on a tricky pitch that came under fire for offering a sharp turn in the first hour of the match.
All in all, it was a forgetful day for the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team, but Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav's moment in the sun gave the fans something to cheer about.
What's Next for India and Australia
The third Test is finely poised at the moment, with both teams looking to gain an advantage in the series. With Umesh's impressive performance on Day 2, India is hoping to make a strong comeback and level the series.
The fourth Test will be in Dharamsala from March 25-29, and fans can expect plenty of excitement and drama in the days to come.