SRH vs RCB: Why is Dinesh Karthik Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Who is RCB Wicket Keeper?

Updated on: May 18, 2023 9:39 pm IST

Why is Dinesh Karthik not playing SRH vs RCB IPL 2023 match?

Surprisingly, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have not included senior wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik in their starting XI for their 13th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) taking place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Things worked out excellently well for the Royal Challengers Bangalore recently in the ongoing 16th edition of the IPL as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by a massive margin of 112 runs in their previous match. RCB are currently occupying the fifth slot on the points table with 6 wins from 12 games and they are very much alive in this race to IPL 2023 playoffs.

SRH vs RCB: Why is Dinesh Karthik Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match?

During the toss, it was noted that Dinesh Karthik is not included in the starting RCB playing XI for this SRH vs RCB match on Thursday. Interestingly, he is part of the five substitute members list out of which one can be used as an Impact Player at any moment in the match. However, Karthik has not been in the best of forms especially with the bat during the ongoing IPL 2023 season so far having scored just 140 runs from as many as 12 matches at a strike-rate of 135.92. In his absence, Anuj Rawat is the wicket-keeper for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It will be interesting to see whether Dinesh Karthik comes out as the Impact Player in the second innings or not.

“We are gonna have a bowl. The last two nights we have had some dew. Good surface but touch on the slower side. Same team as last game. Hasaranga has a niggle. Bracewell strengthens our batting. We have to start afresh. The game of cricket has a funny way of biting you. You have to have the humility of looking at a fresh game,” said Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis during the toss.

RCB Playing 11

1. Virat Kohli
2. Faf du Plessis (C)

3. Glenn Maxwell
4. Mahipal Lomror
5. Anuj Rawat (wk)

6. Shahbaz Ahmed
7. Karn Sharma
8. Michael Bracewell
9. Harshal Patel
10. Mohammed Siraj
11. Wayne Parnell

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Dinesh Karthik IPL 2023 Price

The Royal Challengers Bangalore picked senior wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik at an amount worth INR 5.50 Crore during the IPL 2022 mega auction. Karthik had an unbelievable IPL 2022 season where he ended up notching 330 runs from 16 games at a phenomenal strike-rate of over 183 after which RCB retained him for IPL 2023.

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