Dinesh Karthik Biography – The penchant to sweep, ability to hit a reverse sweep and hare down the track at spinners simply made Dinesh Karthik an exemplary Indian batsman and wicketkeeper. Hunting for a place in the Indian team amidst the substantial development of MS Dhoni made it difficult for Karthik to retain his position in the international format.
Dinesh Karthik donned the Indian jersey in all three formats of the game. He plays for the Tamil Nadu Cricket team in the domestic circuit and Kolkata Knight Riders franchise at the Indian Premier League. Karthik made his debut for the Indian team on 3rd November 2004 against Australia in a Test match. His ODI debut came against England on 5th September 2004.
Dinesh Karthik Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Dinesh Karthik was born on 1st June 1985 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His father Krishna Kumar was a serviceman who worked in Kuwait and his mother Padmini Krishna Kumar is a homemaker. Karthik’s father was also a first division cricketer in Chennai and luckily he got his professional cricket coaching from his father.
Karthik’s father had put his cricketing career over education and trained him hard. This truly helped him to succeed in his professional career and play for the national team. Karthik wasn’t so fond of academies and was an average student in school. He shifted with his parents to Kuwait following his father’s work transfer at the age of 14.
- Age: 36 Years
- Height: 5’9”
- Weight: 63 kg
- Alma Mater: Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai
- Coach: Krishna Kumar (father) and Robin Singh
Dinesh Karthik Early Days
Dinesh Karthik toiled hard under the auspicious guidance of his father Krishna Kumar. At a very young age of 10, Karthik began to pursue professional cricket where his father used to throw hard leather balls at a rapid pace. Predominately a batsman, Karthik leaned to be a wicketkeeper under the training of Robin Singh.
Karthik steadily ascended his ranks in the youth. He represented his school team in the U-14 tournaments and soon he was inducted into Tamil Nadu’s U-14 team for national matches in 1999. He was then promoted to the U-19 level and represented the state team in 2001-02. His brilliant performance paved the way for his senior team debut.
Dinesh Karthik Domestic Career
After his stunning performance in the U-19 team, Karthik made his debut for the Tamil Nadu team against Baroda in 2002. Karthik scored 179 runs in five matches but failed to captivate his innings in the latter half of the season. He was dropped from the team and he went to play for South Zone U-19 team which eventually led him to his selection in the Indian U-19 Team.
Karthik played for the Indian team at the U-19 tour in Nepal and the World Cup in 2004 where he performed magnificently for a couple of centuries. Aftermath, he was called back to the Ranji team where he scored with an average of over 43. He scored his maiden first-class century against Railways in the semifinal and scored an unbeaten 109 against Mumbai in the Final.
Karthik had a strong domestic season in 2008-09 where he scored 1029 runs at an average of 64.12 that included five centuries. Karthik was then named the captain of the Tamil Nadu team for the 2010 season. He led the Tamil Nadu team to a triumph in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21. He also led the India A and India C teams at the Deodhar Trophy in 2018 and 2019.
Dinesh Karthik International Career
Karthik was picked in India’s team for the Australian test series in 2004. He replaced Parthiv Patel to make his debut. He was fair with the gloves but failed to impress with the bat. He later made his ODI debut against England but scored only a solitary run before getting replaced by MS Dhoni at the ICC Champions Trophy 2004.
Karthik remained out of the ODI team for a couple of years. Yet on his domestic performance, he was granted various opportunities against South Africa, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. In ten tests since his debut, Karthik managed to score only 245 runs with an average of 18. This led to his engagement as a backup wicketkeeper with the national team.
Karthik had his best time of life as a specialist opening batsman for the Bangladesh tour where he performed brilliantly. However, he then failed against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Australia which showed him the exit door through test cricket. He was then called for limited-over series against West Indies and the T20 World Cup.
Karthik has played 94 ODI’s and 32 T-20’s in his limited-overs career. His memorable times include the 2007 T20 World Cup triumph and the 2013 Champions Trophy victory where he contributed significantly. The heroic moment of his life was the Nidahas Trophy 2018 where India won the final when they required 5 runs of 1 ball and Karthik smashed the ball to six.
Dinesh Karthik IPL Career
Karthik has switched many franchises in his IPL career due to his inconsistent performance with the bat. In the 2008 IPL Auction, Karthik was picked by the Delhi Daredevils franchise. He was released in 2011 where Kings XI Punjab bought him for $900,000. Dissatisfied with his performance, Punjab dropped him and Mumbai Indians showed interest to pick the man at $2.6 million.
Karthik played for Mumbai Indians in 2012 and 2013 where he won his only IPL title. He was released in 2014 and bought back by Delhi Daredevils who dropped him ahead of the 2015 season. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him at the 2015 auction but released him in the next season. He then had a good time for the Gujarat Lions franchise in 2016 and 2017.
After the end of Gujarat’s tenure, Karthik was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the 2018 IPL auction. He still plays for the KKR franchise and led the team on a couple of occasions. Karthik currently works as a professional commentator with the BCCI.
Dinesh Karthik-Murali Vijay Controversy
In an embarrassing moment for two teammates who played for the same team in national as well as a domestic team, the players were stuck into a love triangle. Dinesh Karthik’s first wife Nikita lost interest in him after five years of marriage and started dating his Tamil Nadu teammate Murali Vijay in 2012. Karthik got to know about their affair at a crucial Vijay Hazare Trophy match after which he initiated the divorce proceedings.
Dinesh Karthik Wife
- Nikita Vanjara
Dinesh Karthik married his childhood friend Nikita Vanjara in 2007. However, they applied for divorce due to her affair with his ally. The couple officially divorced in 2012.
- Dipika Pallikal
Dinesh Karthik married an Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal in 2015. The two tied the knot in 2015 and are happy together. The couple shares a very natural bond and both are professional athletes.
Dinesh Karthik Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Dinesh Karthik is Rs. 80 crores. The cricketer has earned a major part of his income through his professional career for India, IPL, endorsements, and now in the commentary team. He owns a luxurious house in Chennai and has a premium collection of cars including a Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Dinesh Karthik Records
- The first Indian to win a Man of the Match award in T20 International.
- Dinesh Karthik has batted at positions from opening to number seven.
- First Indian wicket-keeper to initiate 50 dismissals overseas.
Dinesh Karthik Facts
- Karthik is an intense lover of sports cars.
- Daniel Vettori gifted him a sports motorbike in IPL.
- Karthik is an avid dog lover.
- He also loves Tennis and his favorite player is Roger Federer.