- Dinesh Karthik
- Current Team
|Full Name||Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik|
|Born||June 1, 1985|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Age||33 Years, 8 Months, 24 Days|
|BATTING STYLE||Right Handed|
|BATTING RANK||Test – NA, ODI – NA, T20I – 93, IPL – NA, CL – NA|
|BOWLING RANK||Test – NA, ODI – NA, T20I – NA, IPL – NA, CL – NA|
|TEAMS PLAYED||India, ICC World XI, India A, India A, India B, India Blue, India Emerging Team, Indian Inv XI, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Tamil Nadu, Abahani Limited, Gujarat Lions, Jones Tuti Patriots, IDream Karaikudi Kaalai|
|MAN OF THE MATCH||Test – 0, ODI – 2, T20I – 2, IPL – 4, CL – 0,|
|CAREER SPAN||[Test, 2004 – 2018], [ODI, 2004 – 2019], [T20I, 2006 – 2019], [IPL, 2008 – 2018], [CL, 2009 – 2013],|
Dinesh Karthik Profile
Dinesh Karthik was one of the plethora of wicketkeepers tried out by India in the Ganguly era of Indian cricket before the arrival of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Nevertheless, having been in and out of the Indian team and in the limited opportunities he’s had, he has performed admirably behind the stumps as well as with the bat.
Having risen through the ranks in age-group cricket, Karthik started to make the selectors’ shortlist after a string of centuries in the 2002/03 season for the Tamil Nadu Under-19 side. The runs faded away towards the end of the season, but the selectors decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and he was summoned into the national side in after Parthiv Patel was axed due to his unreliable glovework.
He was handed a Test debut on a minefield of a track in Mumbai in late 2004 against Australia. However, a string of low scores made way for other keeper-batsmen in the fringes. After the emergence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Karthik has made comebacks into the side as a pure batsman failed to topple over Dhoni for the wicketkeeping position.
The highest point in his career arrived when Karthik, replacing Sehwag in the 2007 tour of England as an opener. Showing a stoic, airtight technique and unfavorable conditions, he ended the Test series as India’s highest run-getter, ahead of some big names like Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and the great Sachin Tendulkar, playing a significant role in handing India an elusive away series win.
Karthik immediately caught the public eye when he debuted for India in ODIs as a 19-year-old in late 2004. The blurry image of an airborne Karthik flying horizontally to stump Michael Vaughan at Lord’s has been etched into the mental timelines of contemporary Indian cricket aficionados ever since.
An in-and-out history with the Indian team didn’t help. He was picked in the one-day squad, as the replacement for Parthiv Patel in August 2004, and made his debut in a NatWest Challenge game against England where he pulled off a superb stumping. Shortly afterward, he was called up to make his Test debut against Australia but when he could manage only one fifty in ten matches, he was axed.
He made a comeback in 2008 – picked in the Indian side for all three formats for a tour of New Zealand – but his middling performances continued over the following year and did not allow him to cement a place in the team. He fell out of contention until a fine 2012-13 domestic season got him back into the ODI side for the 2013 Champions Trophy in England but it proved to be another false dawn.
Karthik may feel unfulfilled when he looks back on his international career, but the IPL should have helped soothe him. He was bought at INR 12.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 auction and the next year, he netted INR 10.5 crore courtesy Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was acquired by Gujarat Lions for INR 2.3 crore in 2016.
The selection of M.S. Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman in the ODI team limited Karthik’s opportunities till April 2006, but he was retained for the home Test series against Pakistan in March 2005. He again failed to perform with the bat in high-scoring matches, except for 93 runs in the second innings of the second Test to put up a 166-run partnership with Rahul Dravid.
After scoring just one run in each match against Zimbabwe in September 2005, he was replaced by Dhoni who had a prolific career so far. After Dhoni suffered a finger injury, he was called back for the Third Test against South Africa in January 2007 and made a hundred-run opening partnership with Wasim Jaffer, contributing 63 runs.
Prior to the Test series, he failed to perform in the ODIs but made an unbeaten 31 in the T20 to steer India to victory against South Africa.
In the following four-match ODI series against West Indies, he took a struggling Indian team to a decent score with his 63 runs on a slow wicket in the match at Cuttack and was instrumental in India’s victory in that match.
He was selected for the series against Sri Lanka and the 2007 Cricket World Cup but failed to contribute with the bat. While he was retained for the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, he was later dropped due to poor performance.
He toured Bangladesh as a specialist opening batsman after a number of batsmen were dropped following India’s flop show at the World Cup 2007, and scored his maiden century in the second Test in Dhaka. With regular 50-plus scores, he became the top scorer for India in Tests during their England tour in mid-2007 but failed to utilize his opportunity in the ODIs.
Despite average performance against Pakistan in late 2007, he was retained as an opener for the Australia series but only played in one practice match and a T20. Replacing Dhoni, who had taken rest, he again showed poor form against Sri Lanka in July 2008 and was dropped from the team.
- In 2008, Dinesh Karthik participated in the dance reality show ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina’ partnering with Nigaar Khan. Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen and former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram were among the judges on the show.
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