Dinesh Karthik is a right handed Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who was born the 1st of June, 1985 in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
Karthik was taught to play cricket by his father, who himself was a first class cricketer. Initially, karthik played in the youth teams for Tamil Nadu as a batsman and wicket keeper.
Karthik steadily worked his way up through the youth ranks and made his debut for Tamil Nadu Under-14s in early 1999, and scored 78 and 26 in his first two matches respectively.
He did the impossible by being selected for the U-19 team when he was just 15 years old. He performed consistently and made his debut at the first-class level in late-2002 against Baroda, playing as a wicket-keeper and batting at No. 8.
Karthik made his Test debut in the 4th Test between Australia and India in Mumbai in 2004. He performed disappointingly with the bat, scoring only 14 runs in two innings. However, his wicket keeping was on point as he caught two catches. India managed to win that match by a margin of 13 runs.
He made his ODI debut against England at the Lord’s in 2004 where he scored only 1 run. However, Karthik’s T20 debut was more inspiring as he scored a 31 not-out to guide India to a victory against South Africa on 1st December, 2006.
Rise to Glory
Karthik established himself as a daring player with the propensity for fighting it out, with three half-centuries on India's tour of England in 2007, which earned him a spot as a specialist batsman for the future.
However, his chances were rare due to the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the wicket keeper.
After a good spell with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in 2013 he was selected for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 squad.
Though it is right to claim that Karthik did not get many chances to play due to the presence of a very strong wicketkeeper and opening batsmen, it would be totally fair to say that Karthik has not made full use of his opportunities.
His form as a batsman has always been inconsistent in the international arena. This caused him to be dropped after India’s tour of England in 2007.
He harmed his chances against Sri Lanka in the away series in 2008 by not scoring runs with the bat and also dropping catches as a wicketkeeper.
Karthik started his career in the Indian Premier League in 2008 by playing as the wicket-keeper for the Delhi Daredevils, and scored a moderate 145 runs at 24.16 with a strike rate of 135.51.
In the next season held in South Africa, Karthik played in each of Delhi's 15 matches, and managed to give a better performance by scoring 288 runs at 36.00, coming extremely close to making a half century on three occasions and getting 17 dismissals.
He was then transferred to the Mumbai Indians in 2012,13, where he had a very good spell. He scored a quick 86 against his former team- the Delhi Daredevils in one of his first matches for Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians went on to win their first IPL trophy with Karthik batting and wicket-keeping in all 19 of their matches. With 510 runs, he was one of the top 10 run getters of the tournament.
He again went back to Delhi Daredevils in the next season, and to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the following season. Karthik played the 2016 and 2017 season with Gujarat Lions.
At the 2018 IPL auctions, he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 7.60 crore.