Dinesh Karthik
Wicket Keeper
June 01, 1985 (Age 38)
TeamsIndia, ICC World XI, Rest of India, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, India Under-19, Tamil Nadu, Abahani Limited, IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans, India C, DY Patil Group B
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.MS Dhoni’s gain, it can be debated, was Dinesh Karthik’s loss. As a wicket-keeper batsman looking to be India’s reply to Gilchrist, Karthik had all the ingredients to be a reliable hand in both departments. With the willow, his technical nuance was evident.

Proof of his underlined batting prowess is found in the fact that, even after Dhoni cementing his place as skipper-keeper, Karthik has been recalled as a specialist batsman alone. His batting ability stood the test of challenging pitches in England in 2007 where, as an opener, he recorded fifties in each of the three Tests to aid India in a historic series victory.

Beyond 2007, Dhoni’s rapid success soon sidelined Karthik. But for his lapse in concentration, the Chennai-born keeper would have made greater waves. As time progressed, selectors looked to hone Karthik’s batting abilities alone and fit him in the interim as a specialist batsman, aside from being Dhoni’s stand-in behind the sticks. Still, his role was limited to playing second fiddle and continuous stop-starts stunted his progress on a personal front, while, along with Parthiv Patel, he became proof of India’s embarrassment of riches in talent behind the stumps.

Karthik was picked up by Mumbai for the 5th edition of the Indian T20 league as a specialist wicket-keeper but sent shock-waves in the cricketing world when he was grabbed for a whopping 12.5 crores by the Delhi franchise for the 7th edition of the Indian T20 League.

In-and-out of the national team didn't affect his performance in the domestic circuit where he continued to pile on the runs. After Delhi, Bengaluru bought him for a huge sum in 2015, followed by the Gujarat franchise. With plenty of experience behind, DK landed the captaincy of Kolkata in 2018 and he took his team almost to the glory, only to get knocked out in Qualifier 2.

It turned out to be a fruitful 2018 for Karthik as he once again got the opportunity to represent India when the selectors decided to rest Dhoni for the Nidahas Trophy. His 8-ball 29 which included a last-ball six in the final led India to the T20 tri-series win and DK staked his claim for the role of a finisher in the team. Considering his experience and composure in pressure situations, Karthik was selected ahead of Rishabh Pant for the second-choice wicket-keeper in India's World Cup squad for 2019.

In the twilight of his career, Dinesh Karthik re-invented his style of batting and became one of the ferocious strikers of a cricket ball, earning him the tag of a 'new finisher'. DK successfully showcased his talent during the 2022 Indian T20 League, playing for his new team Bengaluru, and expressed his desire to represent India in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

With 330 runs from 16 matches at an impressive average of 55.00 and a strike rate of 183.33, Karthik grabbed the attention of the Indian selectors, earning himself a spot in the squad for the T20 World Cup that year.

Following his stellar debut season for Bengaluru, Karthik was retained by the franchise, despite not being able to replicate his earlier heroics in the 2023 edition of the league. Bengaluru valued his experience and chose to retain him for the upcoming season. Karthik is coming off a successful Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign while representing Tamil Nadu, and he will be eager to carry that form into the shorter format during the 2024 Indian T20 League.

Beyond his contributions on the cricket field, Karthik has also made a name for himself in the broadcasting arena. His keen analytical skills have established him as one of the most sought-after names in the commentary field.