On and off the field, Dinesh Karthik is enjoying a wonderful IPL 2022 season. On Friday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket keeper-batsman, who has made a strong case for a return to the Indian team after some magnificent performances in this IPL, revealed his lighter side. Former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull, who is working as a broadcaster in the cash-rich competition, received a scathing retort from Karthik. When questioned about his preparations, Karthik stated he is just following what Doull ‘taught’ him during his commentary stint last year.

The following is a dialogue between Karthik and Doull minutes before the start of the RCB versus PBKS match at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

Simon Doull: “Your strike rate this season has been unbelievable. Are you practicing any different? How are you setting yourself up for this end of the innings role?”

Dinesh Karthik: “These are all the things that you’ve taught me in the commentary box last year. It’s just coming around.

Simon Doull: “Come on. What are you doing to train?”

Dinesh Karthik: “So basically, before the season me and my coach worked out that we needed to do something different because we were probably getting a bit predictable so we thought of doing things differently.”

Karthik has been assigned the position of finisher for RCB and has performed well so far, hitting 272 runs at a strike rate of 200 in 12 matches. When questioned about his shot selection, Karthik remarked, “I do both (premeditate and react) depending on the scenario I try to maintain a mix and match.” The Tamil Nadu veteran, who has expressed his desire to return to the Indian white-ball setup on several occasions, said that he is doing all in his power to accomplish his aim.