Cricketer Dinesh Karthik has captured the emotion behind his last-ball six against Bangladesh through digital art NFT
MS Dhoni is known to be a great finisher, having scripted many thrilling last-over wins for India and the Chennai Super Kings.
But there is another finisher who is from the city: Dinesh Karthik. He currently plays for Kolkata in the IPL, but his thrilling last-ball six for India against Bangladesh in 2018’s Nidahas Trophy remains an unforgettable moment in Indian cricket and for fans.
The Chennai-based cricketer has captured that event in the form of India’s first sports NFT (non-fungible token). Titled Six for the Win, the digital art NFT features an animated clip with Dinesh’s voice-over and is available for public auction.
“In India, cricket is a religion and there are various memorable cricketing moments, like the 1983 World Cup Win, 2011 World Cup win, Sachin’s 100th hundred or the first IPL match. The world of cricket should dabble in the NFT space, which will grow in future,” says Dinesh, in a virtual conversation from the UAE.
Karthik first heard of NFTs earlier this year when he read that Elon Musk’s partner (Grimes) made a lot of money by selling digital artwork. “I was intrigued,” he says, “The more I read up, the more I was convinced that it was a unique and out-of-the-box idea.”
What ensued was a conversation with his brother-in-law and squash player Saurav Ghoshal – something that resulted in the Six for the Win NFT being conceptualised. “Everyone knows that I hit a last-ball six for India, but no one knows the emotion around that p articular moment. There was a lot of drama around that match, with the Bangladesh players indulging in the Nagin dance (a celebratory d ance step). I wanted every Indian cricket fan to relive that moment through this,” he explains.
Dinesh Karthik has partnered with his brother-in-law and squash player Saurav Ghoshal for the digital art titled Six for the Win. Says Saurav, “There is great potential for digital art and other forms of memorabilia. This NFT celebrates an unforgettable sporting victory, and is a collector’s dream.”The auction is open to the public and will be held between October 12 and October 22 on rarible.com
Dinesh – or DK, as he is popularly called – is currently a key player for the Kolkata franchise in the IPL, but just a few months ago, he was in England in a new avatar: as a commentator. His knowledge of the game, combined with his sense of humour and fashion (Karthik was described as the ‘Giorgio Armani of broadcasting’) made him a hot favourite among the UK’s cricket community. So, how is it playing the game barely a few weeks after talking about it? “In basketball or football, it is very normal to see a player on the field one day, and in the studio the very next. It’s only in cricket that we are used to seeing retired players talk about it. I took up commentary to break this stereotype,” says Dinesh, adding that he enjoyed his time in England while soaking up all the cricketing action.
Since last year, the cricketer has been in various bio-bubbles, considering the pandemic. “Bubble life takes a massive toll on you,” he admits, “It is very hard if you are in a confined area for a long time, added to it, the pressures of the sport. Players are doing their best, but I think the world of cricket needs to have a strong look at bubble life and into the mental and physical aspects. Otherwise, you will see cricketers dropping like flies….”
He is ensuring he doesn’t though, by indulging in a lot of OTT platforms to keep himself occupied when he is not playing or training. “My recent favourite is Squid Games,” he beams, “As I am fluent with languages, I watch films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English. I tend to mix genres and watch; if I am watching a murder mystery, I choose a comedy next.”
Kohli is not tense about the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, said his valuable experience
Virat Kohli on Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Teo20 world championship (T20 World Cup) for an Indian team (Cheap Team) Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar included in the squad (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) Exhausted from some time now. IPL this year for them 2021 (IPL 2021) This season has also been very bad. Although the captain of the equipment Virat Kohli (Virat Kohli) not t20 Before the start of the World Cup, all questions about the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar were set aside.. Kohli said he is not under any strain on the form of Bhuvneshwar. Also according to Kohli20 Bhuvneshwar’s experience in the World Cup can be very important for the team.
Kohli said on Saturday, “I am not at all worried about the shape of Bhuvneshwar. Their economic exchange rate in recent years has been very good.. as well as t20 His experience in times of pressure in a big tournament like the World Cup can be very useful for the team.. IPL I also played our team against Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB certainly saw the match of. Bhuvneshwar brilliantly fought aga inst de Villiers in the latter.
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Kohli said about the suitability of Bhuvneshwar, “now they fit perfectlypalm which is good for our team. I am very sure that with the new ball he can prove to be very useful for us in these matches.. If the wicket helps the fast bowlers a littlepalm So Bhuvneshwar knows how to take advantage of that. so as I said before this t20 His experience in the World Cup will be very valuable for us.“
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Tamil Nadu State senior athletics meet | Sathish and Kanimozhi hog the limelight
M. Sathish Kumar of Genesis Sports Foundation, Coimbatore, and C. Kanimozhi (Southern Railway) created new meet records in the men’s 5000m and women’s 100m hurdles events respectively on the penultimate day of the Tamil Nadu State senior athletics meet held here on Saturday.
Men: 5000m: M. Sathish Kumar (Genesis SF) 14:45.30s (NMR) (OR: G. Lakshmanan, St. Joseph’s, 14:52.24, 2011), 2. K. Mari Sarath (Prime SA) 15:12.20, 3. C. Manikandan (TN Police) 15:12.50; triple jump: 1. V. Arul Raj 10.84m, 2. A. Tamilselvan 7.57; 110m hurdles: 1. G. Nishanth Raja (Olympic Gold Foundation) 14.46s, 2. Veeraraghavendran (S. Rly) 14.88, 3. R. Sanjay (Erode) 15.14.
Long jump: 1. Elakiadasan (S. Rly) 7.79m, 2. M. Vishnu (Prime SA) 7.59, 3. M. Sandeep Vinsto (Elshaddai Sports GA) 7.50; high jump: 1. D. Deva Karthick (Nellai) 2.13m, 2. S. Veeramani (TN Police) 2.10, 3. R. Manivannan (TN Police) 2.10.
Decathlon: 1. S. Krishnakumar 2936 points, 2. R. Theivendiran (TN Police) 2661, 3. R. Praveenkumar (S. Rly) 2403.
Women: 5000m: Ranjani (SDAT, Tiruchi) 19:17.70s, 2. Lavanya Rajendran 19:20.90, 3. C. Dhivya (Gobi Arts SA) 19:39.30; javelin throw: 1. Saraswathi (S. Rly) 43.64m, 2. N. Hemamalini (PR SF) 42.13, 3. Rosy Meena (Prime SA) 41.57m.
100m hurdles: 1. C. Kanimozhi (S. Rly) 13.74 (NMR) (OR: G. Gayathri, St. Joseph’s, 13.88, 2015), 2. Nandhini (Achievers AA, Cbe) 13.81, 3. Keerthana (S. Rly) 14.17.
Shot put: 1. V. Nandhini (Royal AC) 12.93m, 2. K. Rubasri 12.82, 3. Saraswathi (S. Rly) 12.39.
Former TN cricketer Vasanth passes away
Former Tamil Nadu top-order batsman R.C. Vasanth Kumar passed away at 4 a.m. on Saturday following a heart attack. He was 45.
Vasanth, a dashing batsman in his playing days, had watched the IPL final on Friday night without any discomfort.
But his father R. Chandrasekharan, an accomplished off-spinner in his time, found he had breathed his last in the early hours of Saturday.
Vasanth made 1,097 runs in 22 First Class games at 32.26.
He notched up three hundreds and an equal number of 50s, with a highest of 151.
Vasanth, also the hon. secretary of Magnet Cricket Club, was active in cricketing circles.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association expressed its condolences at Vasanth’s unexpected demise.
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