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Sky commentator Dinesh Karthik’s on-air ‘neighbour’s wife’ analogy raises eyebrows

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by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Dinesh Karthik, in his brief stint thus far in the commentary box, has been largely hailed for his insightful comments and cheeky banter, but one particular on-air remark of his, during the second England-Sri Lanka ODI on Thursday, set social media ablaze for more than one reason.

Karthik, who is still an active cricketer, is currently part of the Sky Sports commentary panel for Sri Lanka’s ongoing tour of England. He was part of the broadcast for the World Test Championship final, and has also been signed up for commentary duties during this year’s The Hundred.

On-air during England’s chase of 242 on Thursday, Karthik was speaking to his co-commentators about batsmen borrowing their teammates’ bats, when he brought out a rather peculiar analogy on live television.

The comment, heard during the 30th over of England’s innings, went like this: “Batsmen and not liking bats – they go hand in hand. Most of the batters don’t seem to like their bats. They either like another person’s bat or… bats are like a neighbour’s wife, they always feel better.”

The comment was so bizarre and sudden that many took to Twitter trying to make sense of Karthik’s seemingly tongue-in-cheek remark. There was some appreciation along the way from those who found humour in Karthik’s statement.

Not everyone was impressed though. Karthik’s bizarre comparison was panned for being in poor taste, with some accusing the wicketkeeper-batsman of casually promoting “toxic masculinity” and “sexism”.

Wisden.com has reached out to Sky Sports for comment. At the time of writing, Dinesh Karthik has not issued any public statement.

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