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Not a easy road

Dinesh Karthik aka DK is one of the finest players produced in Indian Cricket. Born in year 1985 in Madras( now Chennai), he played his domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu, he is a Right Handed Batsman and keeper who can bowl a bit. People know him as a hard hitting batsman who can keep the stumps and is always considered as 2nd choice after Ms.Dhoni but actually Dinesh Karthik came into the limelight and team way back when Dhoni was not even known. The 19 year DK was called up on the back of a good season for Tamil Nadu U-19 in 2002/3. He debuted in year 2004 when Indian toured England, he got into the eyes of people in his very first match by flying stumping of Michael Vaughan and thus got his maiden Test cap later in the same year against Australia but soon his form dipped and runs vanished.

The emergence of Ms.Dhoni as India’s permanent wicketkeeper led Karthik to minimum chances as a keeper but he failed whenever he played as a pure batsman. The biggest break of his career came when he was called up to replace Virendar Sehwag in 2007 India’s tour of England as an opener and he ended up the Test series as the highest run-scorer ahead of the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and thus handed India a away series victory. He was part of the winning team of 2007 World T-20 and played a good role in India’s title win but again a dip in form led to his exclusion from the team but whenever he got chances he tried to make most of it but ultimately messed up with them at many occassions and one of them was 2008 Test Series against Srilanka in which his keeping skills cane under scanner.

The mighty keeper batsman didn’t left the hope and returned into the side in 2013 Champions Trophy on back of a great display in domestic fold as well as IPL. He started with two centuries in warm-up games but as the series progressed and finished he again lost his place due to bad form but made comeback again in year 2014 when Dhoni pulled out of the Asia cup and played in middle order and the following year he was picked up bu Delhi in IPL for a whopping 12.5 crore. The same year a opening came up in the Test side after Dhoni’s retirement but due to good glove work Saha was taken ahead of Karthik. But the veteran made another comeback just before the 2017 Champions Trophy and played flawlessy for the side. Since then he is a regular member in both One-Day and T-20 sides.

He was currntly awarded as Man of the Match for his superb Performance in Nidahas Trophy Final, his last ball 6 on the final delivery of the final over led India to a memorable Victory. Just before this match he quoted that: His place in the team is still not permanent and one bad series can force his exclusion from the squad. So, again by the performance in the final, he has proved his worth and it looks like his dream to play another World Cup and win it, is just around corner. Though his stats don’t say much about him but still he is a handy asset for the team. Also this time he is been selected to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, so lets see what can he make of this opprtunity.

Stats:

He had played 79 ODI’s for the team and has scored 1496 runs at an average of 29.32 and at a strike rate of 72.8 with highest of 79 and 9 fifties.

He has played 23 Test so far and made 1000 runs in 37 innings with a high of 129 and has 7 fifties and 1 hundred in the format.

He has a good solid record in T-20’s too.

It was Dinesh Karthik only because of whom India won the Nidahs Trophy Final and his 8 ball 29 was the highlight of the match. We hope DK do well in the future and win matches for India in the upcoming series and the World Cup.

Facts:

  • He wears shirt no. 21 in ODI’s and T-20’s.

  • He has so far played for 6 franchises in the IPL including Delhi for whom he played twice in 2008-2010 and 2014.

  • He also appeared in a dance show name Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina with partnering Nigar Khan.

  • He is currently married to Dipika Pallikal, the Indian Squash Player.

  • In 2017 against Srilanka he made a unwanted record of playing most deliveries without scoring a run by a Indian batsman in ODI’s i.e. 18 balls.

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