Dinesh Karthik

Country: India
Born: June 01, 1985, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Dinesh Karthik Bio

Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik, popularly known as Dinesh Karthik, is an accomplished cricketer from India. Born on June 1, 1985, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Karthik has had an eventful and noteworthy career in the sport. While his international career may not have lived up to its initial promise, Karthik remains a force to be reckoned with in domestic cricket.

Karthik’s journey in international cricket began in August 2004, when he was selected as a replacement for Parthiv Patel in the Indian one-day squad. In his debut game against England in the NatWest Challenge, he wowed spectators with his exceptional wicketkeeping skills, including a brilliant stumping of the English captain, Michael Vaughan. His performance earned him a call-up for the Test series against Australia, where he made his Test debut. However, despite displaying glimpses of his potential, he struggled to consistently produce good results and was eventually dropped from the team.

Undeterred by his setback, Karthik focused on his domestic career and emerged as a dominant force in the Indian cricket circuit. Known for his ability to perform well on turning tracks, he showcased his expertise in playing spin bowling, often resorting to aggressive shots like the sweep and reverse sweep. His agility and quick footwork helped him navigate difficult conditions and score crucial runs for his team.

In the 2008-2009 season, Karthik had a remarkable run, amassing over 1000 first-class runs for Tamil Nadu, including five centuries. He captained the team and led them to the semi-finals of the tournament. For several seasons, he maintained an impressive batting average above 40, establishing himself as one of the most prolific batsmen in the domestic circuit.

Despite his consistent performances in domestic cricket, Karthik struggled to cement his place in the national team due to the presence of MS Dhoni as the wicketkeeper-batsman. His sporadic appearances for the Indian team and unstable form hindered his progress. He was often in and out of the side, leaving him with limited opportunities to make an impact.

However, Karthik’s fortunes changed briefly in 2018, when he was recalled to the Indian side for a tour of Bangladesh. Unfortunately, his wicketkeeping skills let him down, and he failed to make a significant impact. Despite these setbacks, Karthik remained determined and continued to work hard on his game.

One area where Karthik found solace and success was in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He became a sought-after player in the lucrative tournament and attracted heavy bids from various franchises. In 2014, he was purchased by the Delhi Daredevils for a staggering INR 12.5 crore, making him one of the highest-paid players in the competition. The following year, he was snapped up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 10.5 crore. In 2016, he joined the Gujarat Lions for INR 2.3 crore.

As Karthik reflects on his international career, he may feel a sense of unfulfillment. However, his achievements in domestic cricket and the IPL cannot be ignored. His contribution to the sport in India, especially in the realms of wicketkeeping and batting, remains significant.

Dinesh Karthik’s journey in cricket has been a tale of perseverance, resilience, and determination. While his international career may not have reached the heights many expected, he is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in Indian cricket, leaving behind a legacy of talent and passion for the sport.

Dinesh Karthik Career Stats

Dinesh Karthik Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 26 42 1 1025 129 25 2080 49.27 1 7 134 4 57 6
T20Is 60 48 22 686 55 26.38 481 142.61 0 1 71 28 30 8
ODIs 94 79 21 1752 79 30.2 2392 73.24 0 9 176 15 64 7
FC 167 254 19 9620 213 40.93 16394 58.68 28 43 - - 387 45
List A 260 228 38 7603 154* 40.01 8233 92.34 12 41 - - 229 44
T20s 386 343 79 7081 97* 26.82 5234 135.28 0 32 688 234 227 69

Dinesh Karthik Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 26 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 60 1 6 18 0 - - - 18 - 0 0 0
ODIs 94 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 167 - 120 130 0 - - - 6.5 - 0 0 0
List A 260 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 386 2 18 28 1 1/10 1/10 28 9.33 18 0 0 0

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