Dinesh Karthik

Born June 1, 1985Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Age 29 Years, 5 Months, 25 Days
National Side India
Batting Style Right Handed
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Batting Rank
Bowling Rank
Test Debut November 3, 2004 v Australia
Last Test January 17, 2010 v Bangladesh
ODI Debut September 5, 2004 v England
Last ODI March 5, 2014 v Afghanistan
T20I Debut December 1, 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I May 11, 2010 v Sri Lanka
IPL Debut April 19, 2008 v Jaipur
Last IPL May 25, 2014 v Mohali
CL Debut October 9, 2009 v Victoria
Last CL October 6, 2013 v Jaipur
Teams Played India, India A, India Blue, India Emerging Team, Indian Inv XI, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Mohali, Delhi, Mumbai, India, Tamil Nadu
Man of the Match Test - 0, ODI - 2, T20I - 1, IPL - 4, CL - 0,
Career Span 2004 - 2010, 2004 - 2014, 2006 - 2010, 2008 - 2014, 2009 - 2013,

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. He was picked up by Mumbai for the 5th edition of the Indian T20 league as a specialist wicket-keeper but sent shockwaves 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.

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Last 5 Performances

Batting Bowling Opposition Match Date
0(3) & 27(42) - v Bangladesh Jan 17, 2010
6(31) & DNB - v New Zealand Mar 26, 2009
7(11) & 20(22) - v Sri Lanka Jul 31, 2008
9(16) & 0(6) - v Sri Lanka Jul 23, 2008
24(70) & 52(67) - v Pakistan Dec 08, 2007