Happy Birthday Dinesh Karthik, the Tamil Nadu captain turns 36 today!!!

Dinesh Karthik immediately reminds of the Nidahas Trophy final Mar 2018. But there is much more in a career spanning 17 years. Let's look back.

Indian wicket-keeper batsman and Tamil Nadu Cricket Team’s captain, Dinesh Karthik turns 36 today, Happy birthday Dinesh Karthik. Karthik was born on 1 June 1985 in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu.

In a career that has seen a lot of unforgettable moments, Karthik has seen it all. Starting from age-group cricket where he hit a series of centuries (2002-03) for Tamil Nadu in Under-19 side, his famous diving stumping of Michael Vaughan at Lord’s, the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup (2007), the Champions Trophy (2013) which India won, the Nidahas Trophy (2018).

He right-handed batsman led Kolkata Knight Riders for 2018-19 seasons where they made it to the playoffs in 2018 and just missed playoffs in 2019, finishing 5th on the points table.

Career Stats
Karthik’s Test debut came in November 2004 whereas his ODI debut was versus England at Lord’s, in September 2004. International T20 debut in December 2006 while he played his first match of IPL in April 2008.

With 3576 international and 152 international appearances, Karthik has come out on the brighter side every time he is put into challenging situations. In his IPL career, Karthik has played 203 matches scoring 3946 runs in total.

Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series Final 2018

This match has a special connection with Dinesh Karthik. India in spot bother. India versus Bangladesh match hanging in fine balance. When Dinesh Karthik came to the crease, India required 34 off 12 balls. Bangladesh building pressure with tight overs.

Vijay Shankar unable to get bat on the all, scored 17 off 19 balls before ending his innings on the penultimate ball of the match. Leaving India and Karthik under pressure needing 5 runs in one ball. Bangladesh bowler Soumya Sarkar bowled it in Karthik’s radar, Karthik smashes it, flat, over the ropes. Karthik is the hero for the night and eternity.

When Dinesh Karthik came to the crease, India required 34 off 12 balls. It was the 19th over which Karthik brought India in close to the target. Hitting Rubel Hossain for 22 runs. This over’s video clip on YouTube has 114,798,760 views. Here is the video –

 

ICC Tweeted birthday wishes for Dinesh Karthik.
“Happy birthday to Dinesh Karthik!
He powered India to an unforgettable last-ball victory in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final, against Bangladesh, with a sensational eight-ball 29*”

BCCI too wished Dinesh Karthik, here is what they wrote for Karthik.

“2007 ICC World T20-winner Trophy
2013 ICC Champions Trophy-winner Trophy
152 intl. games & 3176 intl. runs

Here’s wishing wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik a very happy birthday.

#TeamIndia”

Kolkata Knight Riders, Karthik’s IPL franchise celebrated DK’s birthday.
“Our rock, our backbone, the one, and only Dee Kay Anna!
Happy Birthday, Dinesh Karthik!”

Apart from Cricket
Sky Sports, British television sports channels in March 2021 announced that Karthik would be part of their commentary team for the inaugural season of the Hundred.

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