Born on September 11, 1976, Murali Kartik is a former Indian cricketer who sporadically represented the India national cricket team from 2000 to 2007. He is a specialist slow left arm orthodox bowler known for his loopy trajectory and ability to spin and bounce, but has found international selection blocked during his prime years by the presence of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. He is also a left-handed batsman, and although he has had some success with the bat at first-class level with 19 half-centuries, he has not been able to repeat this at international level
In pic: Murali Kartik shared this picture, with wife Shweta Kartik and sister Jyoti Kumar in the same frame, he captioned, "When you are back in town for a short break you want to spend some quality and calorie filled time with wifey @shwetashuklakartik and sister @jyotikumar01 #family #sisterbrotherlove #dessert #2foodies"
Born in Chennai, Murali Kartik wanted to be a genetic engineer, he was a medium pacer in his early years, before switching to a left arm finger spinner in the classical mould, Kartik grew up trying to emulate past Indian orthodox spinners Bishen Singh Bedi, Maninder Singh and Venkatapathy Raju. He also garnered attention for what was perceived to be a fiery attitude, but took pride in coach Kapil Dev saying of him "I have never seen a player with such an attitude towards the game in my 20 years of international cricket"
In pic: Murali Karthik posted this picture, captioned, "Even though our dear Shantanu is missing in this click his presence is right behind us. What an impeccable collection yet again.#Regiment #shantanunikhil"
Murali Kartik is known for doing his bit for the environment, he has done many advertisements for the PETA India, including the 'Save Your Chicks' campaign, which aimed for awareness against flesh farming of poultry.
In pic: Murali Karthik shared this picture with his wife Shweta and designer Shantanu from an event
Murali Kartik shared this collage on his wedding anniversary with wife Shweta Kartik, he wrote, "A very happy and a wonderful Wedding Anniversary to @shwetashuklakartik with whom I uniquely share my birthday too..Thanks again and always for being there for me through thick and thin everywhere and making my life fulfilling. God bless you always.. Lotsa love and laughter always"
Murali Kartik shared this picture with his sister Jyoti Kumar, captioned, "Same spot, two different occasions of Rakshabandhan and Bhaidhooj.. @jyotikumar01 #siblingbond #crazysiblings"
Murali Karthik posted this picture during a reuinion with his along with his classmates, he wrote, "Always humbling to meet ur classmates.. People who rib you just the way it was before..remind you of things which you might have forgotten.#batchof94 #greyhair"
Another throwback picture Murali Kartik shared of himself, here he is seen enjoying a sunny afternoon on a yacht
Romance bloomed between Murali Karthik with his wife Shweta at a young age. This picture of the couple from their younger days is quite eye-catching
Murali Kartik shared this old picture of himself with fellow cricketers VVS Laxman and Parthiv Patel. Parthiv Patel's youth and innocence in this image cannot go unnoticed
Murali Kartik shared this throwback picture of himself on Instagram. He wrote, "Cannot fathom now that I once had hair like this.. Mini beard and hint of Tash has always been there.. Curly blonde locks.. Miss them"
Murali Kartik shared this image from his playing days, pictured here with Sunil Gavaskar. Kartik captioned, "@SomersetCCC players standing in front of the Honors Board listing the Overseas players of the county. Photo courtesy #JayHanmatgad"
Can you spot Murali Kartik in this picture? he captioned, "Great Old times and teammates from a well oiled &United team #indianrailways #ranjitrophy #cricketteam"
Murali Karthik with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Kartik wrote, "Ideally no words needed..I am always in awe of this great man.. Stutter for words in company.. What a feeling.. No words"
Murali Karthik with Ajay Jadeja, Kartik wrote, "What will one say when you have a great golf course and fab company in Antigua #cedarvalleygolfcourse #Ajayjadeja"
Murali Karthik shared this photo, where he is spotted with former pacer Zaheer Khan, "On our way to Maracas on our day off@ImZaheer..battle of the Shades continues... #carribeandiaries.. #lovewindies"
Murali Karthik enjoying some grub with Ajay Jadeja and Zaheer Khan, Kartik wrote, "Dambulla what a stunning place.. Aaj tho chutti ka din hai... Luncheon with mother nature and @zakkhan34 and @travellermaan"
Murali Kartik posted this picture with wife Shweta, captioned, "Afternoon drive after close to 4 months with @shwetashuklakartik ever since #IsabellaTheGoldenRetriever came into our lives. #shotoniPhoneX"
Indian ex-cricketer and commentator Murali Karthik is always the smiling one. On his birthday today, we take a look at some fun pictures from his Instagram account along with his pals and loved ones (pictures courtesy/ Murali Kartik Instagram)
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