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Dinesh Karthik (born 1 June 1985) is an Indian professional cricketer. He captains the Tamil Nadu Cricket Team. He made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004. Karthik has become the 4th Indian batsman to play 300 T20 matches.


Personal information
Full name Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik
Born 1 June 1985 (age 36)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
International information
National side India (2004–2019)
Test debut (cap 250) 3 November 2004 v Australia
Last Test 9 August 2018 v England
ODI debut (cap 156) 5 September 2004 v England
Last ODI 10 July 2019 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 21
T20I debut (cap 4) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 27 February 2019 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–present Tamil Nadu
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2011 Kings XI Punjab
2012–2013 Mumbai Indians
2014 Delhi Daredevils
2015 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2016–2017 Gujarat Lions
2018–2021 Kolkata Knight Riders

Personal Life

Karthik was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He began playing cricket at the age of 10, after a two-year period of living in Kuwait (where his father worked). Karthik was educated in India, and at Carmel School and Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School in Kuwait and finally from eighth standard on studied at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore in Chennai. He was coached in cricket by his father, who was a first-division cricketer from Chennai. Disappointed that his career was hindered when he was forced by his family to put his education first, Karthik’s father did not want his son to suffer the same fate and trained him hard from an early age. Karthik honed his reflexes at a young age by having his father throw hard leather balls at him at high speed. He was initially a batsman and learned wicket-keeping on the Tamil Nadu youth teams, and Robin Singh considered him very fit.

Karthik steadily ascended the youth ranks. He made his Tamil Nadu under-14 debut in early 1999, and was promoted to the under-19 side at the beginning of the 2000/2001 season. He made his first-class debut for the senior side the following season.

Karthik was married to Nikita Vanjara in 2007. Dinesh Karthik and Nikita divorced in 2012. He participated in the dance-reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina with Nigaar Khan in 2008. Karthik got engaged to Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal in November 2013, and they married in traditional Christian and Hindu ceremonies in August 2015. The couple became parents to twin boys, Kabir and Zian on 18 October 2021.


Domestic Career

Karthik made his first-class debut in late 2002 against Baroda as a wicket-keeper. He batted in five matches of the round-robin, scoring 179 runs at an average of 35.80 with a top score of 88 not out against Uttar Pradesh in his second match. Karthik’s form tapered off after this match, and he failed to pass 20 again during the season. He took 11 catches but, due to repeated wicket-keeping errors, he was dropped from the season’s final matches.

Karthik was named captain of the India A team for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy in October 2018. In October 2019, he was named in India C squad for the next edition. Karthik led the Tamil Nadu team to their second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy win, at the tournament’s 2020–21 edition, after he captained the team to a win at the inaugural edition in 2006–07. He finished with 183 runs at 61.00 and was named captain in Wisden’s ‘team of the tournament’.

Dinesh Karthik has become the 4th Indian batsman to play 300 T20 matches.


Indian Premier League

Karthik played in the 2008 Indian Premier League as wicket-keeper for the Delhi Daredevils, scoring 145 runs at 24.16 with a strike rate of 135.51. His highest score was an unbeaten 56 to steer Delhi to a five-wicket win in a group match against the Mumbai Indians. In the 2009 Indian Premier League hosted by South Africa, Karthik played in each of Delhi’s 15 matches. He scored 288 runs at 36.00, passing 40 on three occasions and making 17 dismissals. Although Delhi topped the tournament’s pool stage, Karthik made only nine in the semi-final and Delhi were defeated by six wickets by the Deccan Chargers.


International Career

Karthik made his Test cricket debut in the fourth Test between Australia and India in Mumbai in October 2004, replacing Parthiv Patel (who was dropped for poor wicket-keeping). He scored 14 runs in two innings and took two catches, but was praised for his wicket-keeping on a pitch with variable bounce and spin on which 40 wickets fell in two days.

In April 2006, Karthik was recalled to the ODI team to give Dhoni a rest in the final ODI against England in Indore. He was not required to bat, as India cruised to a seven-wicket victory. Karthik was then reinstated as reserve wicket-keeper for the tour of the West Indies after scoring 134 runs for India A at 33.50, including a man-of-the-match 75 runs against the UAE. He had more opportunities at the international level later that year during the ODI tour of South Africa after Yuvraj Singh was injured. As a batsman in three of the ODIs, Karthik struggled with 42 runs at an average of 14.00 and a top score of 17 as South Africa took a 5–0 whitewash.

On 10 December 2017 Karthik faced 18 deliveries without scoring a run against Sri Lanka, an ODI record. He was flown in for the third Test of India’s 2017–18 tour of South Africa to replace the injured wicket-keeper, Saha. The substitute, Patel, was included on the side before he injured his right index finger; Karthik began keeping the wickets on day four of the Test.


Commentary Career

Dinesh Karthik was part of the commentary team during India-England T20I and ODI series held in March 2021. He made his debut behind the mic for the official broadcasters of England and Wales Cricket Board.


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