Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

Mar 15, 2019, 11:42 IST
  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik is a wicket-keeper batsman who plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He has also played for the Indian cricket team in ODIs, Tests and T20Is.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and he led the team in fine fashion last year by taking the team into the eliminator. Unfortunately, Kolkata Knight Riders lost the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad and failed to qualify for the final. 

    In pic: Dipika Pallikal kissing Dinesh Karthik

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik played the first edition of the IPL in 2008 for Delhi Daredevils where he impressed with the bat and gloves. 

    Dinesh Karthik posted this picture with wife Dipika Pallikal and wrote, "Happy Women’s Day to all you wonder women out there! I’m so fortunate to always have such an inspiring woman by my side!"

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    In 2011, Dinesh Karthik joined the Kings XI Punjab for an estimated Rs. 6 crores. In 2012, Dinesh Karthik joined Mumbai Indians for a rumoured sum of Rs. 12.4 crores. In 2014, Dinesh Karthik joined Delhi Daredevils again for Rs. 12.5 crores.

    Dinesh Karthik posted this picture with wife Dipika Pallikal and wrote, "Finally ditched our sweaty clothes & cleaned up in @houseofmasaba for my boy, @abhinavmukund! #mandown #thechennai28connection"

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    In 2015, Dinesh Karthik was bought by Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 10.5 crores. In the 2018 IPL auctions, Dinesh Karthik was bought by Shah Rukh Khan's KKR for Rs. 7.6 crores and subsequently was made the captain of the team.

    Dinesh Karthik posted this picture with wife Dipika Pallikal and wrote, "Missing my lady @dipikapallikal"

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik was born in Tamil Nadu and took up cricket at the age of 10. He was coached by his father in his early years and made an impact in U-16 and U-19 cricket in Tamil Nadu.

    Dinesh Karthik posted this picture with Dipika Pallikal and wrote, "Me and my Dragon."

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    Dinesh Karthik's posted this picture with wife Dipika Pallikal and captioned, "To be able to support my wife to achieve her goals is everything to me! 4 years back we both got on a plane heading home wd a Gold medal from the Commonwealth Games, today as she lands for yet another commonwealth games after 4 long years of hard work, I can only hope that she has a time of her life in Gold Coast. These 4 years have been tough, she’s worked hard, lived out of a suitcase for many months, looked after our home, supported me through everything and yet never once complained about anything. For me to be able to support her is everything. To everyone competing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast - Good Luck. Make some memories and more importantly enjoy each moment. #gc2018"

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    Before making his ODI debut in April 2006, Dinesh Karthik made his Test debut against Australia at Wankhede, Mumbai in 2004. India had already lost the series before this match and Dinesh Karthik was replacing out of sorts Parthiv Patel. In a low scoring match, Karthik didn't do much with the bat but brought good luck to India as hosts defeated Australia in a dead rubber match

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    After the arrival of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik's chances for appearing India got limited as Dhoni struck a couple of centuries early in his ODI career. Dinesh Karthik like Parthiv Patel also paid price for inconsistent wicket-keeping and was dropped in favour of Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik in Test cricket has scored 1,000 runs in 23 matches at an average of 27.77, striking one hundred. Dinesh Karthik's highest score is 129 against Bangladesh in 2007. The stylish Tamil Nadu player was also part of the Indian squad against England in 2007, where India defeated England 2-1 and won their first Test series in England since 1986.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik is one of the very few players who has been part of the Indian Premier League from the beginning i.e 2008.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    In IPL 2018, Dinesh Karthik was appointed as the new captain of Kolkata. Dinesh Karthik replaced Gautam Gambhir, who had led the franchise for seven years. The wicket-keeper batsman surprised many people with his captaincy and Kolkata reached last four stage before losing to Hyderabad in a close match.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik made his T2OI debut for India against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. Karthik was also part of the winning squad in 2007 World T20. In the tournament, Karthik played sporadically but took a superb catch of South African captain Graeme Smith in the slips in a league match.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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    Dinesh Karthik also took part in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, coming on the back of strong T20 League for Mumbai. India went on to win the tournament and Karthik mostly played as a specialist batsman, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni occupying the wicket-keeper's slot.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    The talented wicket-keeper batsman has played 157 first-class matches, scoring 9,214 runs at an average of 59.20. Dinesh Karthik has been a stalwart of Tamil Nadu cricket and one of the main reasons for Tamil Nadu's success in domestic cricket is due to Karthik's strong performance both as a batsman and also as a captain

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal

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    Dinesh Karthik is also part of an unwanted record. While playing against Sri Lanka, Karthik faced 18 deliveries without scoring a single run against Sri Lanka. It is the most number of deliveries played by an Indian batsman for scoring no run in ODIs. The record was previously held by Eknath Solkar who got out on duck after playing 17 balls against England at The Oval in 1974.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal and family.

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    Dinesh Karthik finally had his moment in international cricket, when in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, Karthik struck an unbeaten 29 off 8 balls. This knock won India the match and made Karthik into a hero. Dinesh Karthik struck a last-ball six to clinch the title for India.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal and friends

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    Dinesh Karthik has scored only one international century in his career. Karthik has one Test century against Bangladesh. Dinesh Karthik is yet to score a century in ODI cricket or T20I cricket. The Tamil Nadu cricketer has 16 half-centuries in international cricket.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal during IPL

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    Dinesh Karthik is known to be a very fit cricketer and takes his fitness very seriously. Over a long period of time, Dinesh Karthik has maintained his fitness standards and very rarely, Karthik has missed cricket due to injury. Dinesh Karthik also doubles up as wicket-keeper and keeps his standards very high in terms of preparation and work ethic.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik watches on as Dipika Pallikal gives a speech to avid listeners.

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  • Dinesh Karthik is Dipika Pallikal's knight in shining armour and leader of KKR

    Dinesh Karthik in recent times has been in fine form and has taken his game to the next level. With World Cup 2019 approaching, India needs a fit and firing Dinesh Karthik. Karthik's game is finally matching its potential and if he keeps his hunger and form going then plenty of good things are in store for Dinesh Karthik.

    In pic: Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal and dog

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    Dipika Pallikal Karthik along with her per dog. Dinesh Karthik always maintains that these two are very close to him.

     

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About The Gallery

As IPL 2019 is all set to begin on March 23, we are showcasing a series on the captains of the 8 teams playing in the IPL 2019. Fifth in this series is Kolkata Knight Riders' genius captain Dinesh Karthik. Here is a look at the Indian wicket-keeper-batsman's life off the pitch, where he spends time vacationing with his darling wife Dipika Pallikal. See pictures (Pics/ Dinesh Karthik Instagram and Dipika Pallikal Instagram)

 

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