Born in Tamil Nadu, Dinesh Karthik was a specialist batsman at junior level and garnered wicket keeping skills to fancy his chances. He made his debut in 2004 and since then has been a member of Indian team either as a specialist batsman or a wicket-keeper batsman.
His dipping form and injuries cost him his place in the team and with Mahendra Singh Dhoni coming into picture, Karthik gradually lost his place to Dhoni in all three formats. He plays domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu and scores heavily.
His knock of unbeaten 29 runs off 8 deliveries against Bangladesh during the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy is one of his greatest performance in T20I. He captained Kolkata Knight Riders for the first time in IPL 2018 and took his team to third position.
Date of Birth:
1 June 1985
Age (as on 2017):
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac sign/Sun sign:
Don Bosco School, Chennai Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai Indian Public School in Salmiya, Kuwait
vs Australia on 03 November 2004
vs England on 05 September 2004
vs South Africa on 01 December 2006
#21 & #19 (KKR/Domestic)
Tamil Nadu, Kolkata Knight Riders
Nature on field:
Likes to play against:
Match-winning knock of an unbeaten 29 off 8 balls in the final of Nidahas Trophy in 2018
DK has scored 19,000 runs in all formats of the game.
Awards and Recognitions
Man of the Match in his first T20I vs South Africa in 2006
Dinesh Karthik's first wife – NikitaVanjara got married to Murali Vijay in late 2012 after getting divorce from Karthik. there were rumors of love triangle between Karthik, Nikita and Murali Vijay.
Reading, Travelling, swimming and Playing Sudoku
Sachin Tendulkar and Ian Botham
Favourite Cricket Ground:
Favourite sports personalities:
A R Rahman
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Nikita Vanjara (2007-2012)
Dipika Pallikal (2015-present)
18 August 2015
44 Crore approx.
Lesser Known Facts
Dinesh Karthik participated in a dance reality show named – ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina’. Nigaar Khan was his partner.
Karthik's wife Dipika is a Indian squash player
Karthik rose to limelight once again after hitting a Six when 5 runs were needed off the last ball in the Nidahas Trophy final. He won the match and tournament for India.
Nikita Vanjara was pregnant at the time of marriage with Murali Vijay in 2012. And, Murali Vijay accepted it with open arms and later named the son – Naveen Murali Vijay.
A 90's born who has witnessed Sachin becoming "The God", Dhoni becoming "The only Captain to have won all the ICC trophies" and Kohli turning into a "run-machine". Cricket is something I am crazy for and I try to deliver the best and true I can in my every writing.