Murali Kartik is a former Indian cricketer, born on September 11, 1976 in Madras, Tamil Nadu India. He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and left- hand batsman.
He has had occasional spells in the Indian cricket team. His place was never permanent in spite of having a unique action and set of skills, and was overshadowed in the presence and brilliance of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
Murali Kartik was a medium pace bowler in his early days. He started out in Delhi, by breaking into the Under-16 team, and giving in some marking performances.
He failed to break into the Under-19 team and was away from domestic cricket for two years. Murali made his first class debut in 1996-97 representing the Railways and managed to break into their Under-19 side.
Kartik made his Test debut in February 2000 against South Africa in Mumbai. He took 2 wickets, giving only 28 runs in 18 overs proving himself very economical.
Murali’s ODI debut came in 2002 against Zimbabwe, at Hyderabad. Unfortunately he was not able to snatch any wickets in his eight overs of the match.
Rise to Glory
Kartik’s debut in test cricket marked his brief prominence in the Indian side.
In 2004-05, Kartik showed a magical performance in a test match against Australia, clinching seven wickets, and was adjourned the Man of the Match.
Despite being out of international cricket, Murali continued his good performances in domestic competitions.
In 2007, a strong display with Middlesex registered his place in the ODI against Australia, where he took six wickets gifting just 27 runs.
Issues related to discipline took a toll on Kartik’s career. He was never in the trusted books of captain Saurav Ganguly and was not utilized to the fullest, resulting in further drops from the team.
At the age of 37, Murali Kartik announced his retirement from all forms of the game in 2014. In his 17-year career, Kartik played eight Tests, 37 ODIs and one T20 international for the country.
Since then, he has been a part of BCCI’s commentary team.