70 Facts About Dinesh Karthik

1. Dinesh Karthik took part in the dance reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina with Nigaar Khan, who is an Indian TV actress.

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2. Dinesh Karthik had a mixed career being in-and-out of the Indian squad; he could never cement his spot in the team.

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3. Dinesh Karthik made his One-Day International debut for India against England in 2004.

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4. Dinesh Karthik made his first-class debut in 2002 against Baroda, playing as a wicket-keeper and batting at No 8, where he scored 37.

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5. Dinesh Karthik made up for earlier dropping a relatively easier catch of New Zealand wicket-keeper Tim Seifert when he was batting on 71 and too off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.

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6. Dinesh Karthik was not at his best while fielding in the first Twenty20 International match against New Zealand at Wellington on Wednesday.

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7. Dinesh Karthik had another opportunity to show off his catching skills when Ross Taylor scooped up a Hardik Pandya delivery.

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8. Dinesh Karthik dropped a sitter, giving Tim Seifert a life when he was on 71.

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9. Dinesh Karthik took the catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell in the 15th over.

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10. Dinesh Karthik can do just about everything that the game of cricket demands.

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11. Dinesh Karthik was included in the squad for the limited overs fixtures but did not make the playing eleven, except the final T20I when he made a six-ball 13.

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12. Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten 51 in India's group match against the West Indies.

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13. Dinesh Karthik retained his place as a middle-order batsman in the fifth and final match when Dhoni returned after Tendulkar was rested and Yuvraj injured, but the match was ended prematurely due to an unsafe pitch.

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14. Dinesh Karthik was given an opportunity in India's final pool match against the West Indies and scored 34 in a seven-wicket win, but it was not enough to prevent India's first round exit.

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15. Dinesh Karthik scored 4 and 16 in India's two round robin matches and was dropped for the final, in which India triumphed over the hosts.

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16. Dinesh Karthik got a chance again in India's four match tour of West Indies where he replaced opener Sehwag, who was out with a shoulder injury.

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17. Dinesh Karthik was rewarded with continued selection for the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

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18. Dinesh Karthik was then reinstated as the reserve wicketkeeper for the tour to the West Indies.

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19. Dinesh Karthik was not required to bat as India cruised to a seven-wicket victory.

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20. Dinesh Karthik made a duck in the first innings as India stumbled to 243 on the first day.

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21. Dinesh Karthik dropped frequent catches and he was replaced for the Third Test by Patel.

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22. Dinesh Karthik was replaced in the ODI team by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took over the gloves from Dravid on a full-time basis; Karthik did not play another ODI until April 2006.

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23. Dinesh Karthik played another match in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy against Kenya, taking three catches as India persisted with Dravid's wicket-keeping for the majority of the English tour.

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24. Dinesh Karthik played in only one match against England at Lord's, where he got out after scoring one run.

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25. Dinesh Karthik was appointed as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders on 4 March 2018 for the 2018 IPL season replacing Gautam Gambhir who successfully captained the team in previous editions of the IPL.

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26. Dinesh Karthik was then called into South Zone's senior team for the first time, to play in the zonal one-day competition.

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27. Dinesh Karthik was rewarded with selection in the national Under-19 team, and played in three youth one day internationals against Nepal.

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28. Dinesh Karthik added two further fifties in the season, including a 99 against Kerala.

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29. Dinesh Karthik made his maiden Test century against Bangladesh and then was India's leading scorer in the Test tour of England, helping India to win their first series in England in 21 years.

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30. Dinesh Karthik fought his way back into the team and after playing for India at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, made his ODI and Test cricket debut in late 2004.

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31. Dinesh Karthik is the present captain of Kolkata Knight Riders replacing Gautam Gambhir.

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32. Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik was appointed as the skipper amidst mixed reactions from the fans.

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33. Dinesh Karthik is the backup keeper for India traveling to Australia.

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34. Dinesh Karthik was bought for a huge INR 7.4 crores and was made the captain of the team.

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35. Dinesh Karthik played a match-winning knock to help India win the first T20I against Windies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to illustrate his importance in the team in the shortest format.

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36. Dinesh Karthik bats during the first Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Kolkata.

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37. Dinesh Karthik took part in the dance reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina partnering with Nigaar Khan.

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38. Dinesh Karthik played a match-winning knock of an unbeaten 29 off 8 balls in the final of the tournament against Bangladesh.

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39. On 10 December 2017, Dinesh Karthik had faced 18 deliveries without scoring a single run against Sri Lanka.

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40. Dinesh Karthik made 48 and 34 in quick time as India won both matches but was dropped for the final, which was lost.

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41. Dinesh Karthik played as an opener along Gambhir in the last two of the round-robin matches after Sehwag was rested.

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42. In December 2009, Dinesh Karthik was recalled to the ODI team during the Sri Lankan tour of India after Dhoni was banned after the second match for two matches because of slow over rates.

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43. Dinesh Karthik was retained for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, but after his performances in Sri Lanka, was omitted for the first two matches.

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44. Dinesh Karthik was selected for the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in September 2007, and played in India's earlier matches, scoring 11, 17, and a duck, before being dropped from the semi-final and final in favour of Rohit Sharma.

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45. Dinesh Karthik had opened the batting for Tamil Nadu in the previous season in the Ranji Trophy, as well as for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

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46. Dinesh Karthik was then displaced as the reserve gloveman for the two-Test home series against South Africa; Wriddhiman Saha was called up to be Dhoni's deputy.

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47. Dinesh Karthik was selected for the limited overs component of the Australian tour, but did not play in any of the ten ODIs.

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48. In the first innings, Dinesh Karthik was behind the stumps as India set a world record for the most extras conceded in a Test innings.

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49. Dinesh Karthik had a lean Test series against Pakistan at home in late 2008.

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50. In the Third Test at The Oval, Dinesh Karthik scored 91 as India batted first and helped to lay the foundation for their total of 664 and a first-innings lead.

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51. In the Second Test at Trent Bridge, Dinesh Karthik scored 77, helping to lay a top-order platform for India's first innings of 481, which gave them a 283-run lead.

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52. Dinesh Karthik established himself as a regular opener in the mid-2007 Test series in England.

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53. In the second innings, Dinesh Karthik scored, combining with Rahul Dravid in a 166-run partnership to set up a target of 422.

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54. Dinesh Karthik had a chance to score heavily in India's two-Test tour of Bangladesh in December 2004.

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55. Dinesh Karthik was not required to bat as India only lost four wickets in their innings.

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56. On 27 January 2018, Dinesh Karthik was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹7.60 crore.

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57. In the 2013 Indian Premier League, Dinesh Karthik had some good starts for the Mumbai Indians, in the early matches: in particular, when he scored a quick 86 against the Delhi Daredevils in their home match at the Wankhede Stadium.

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58. In 2011, Dinesh Karthik was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $900,000 making him the second-most expensive player in their squad, behind David Hussey and joint with captain Adam Gilchrist.

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59. Dinesh Karthik played in six Ranji Trophy matches for Tamil Nadu as captain, and he had an uneven run of scoring with the bat.

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60. Upon his return to India in 2007, Dinesh Karthik played in six one-dayers for Tamil Nadu and South Zone, reaching 40 twice in six innings.

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61. Dinesh Karthik had mixed results in the domestic one-day competitions in 2008 or so.

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62. Dinesh Karthik continued to play for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, but only scored 30 in his first four innings of the season.

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63. In the Challenger Trophy, Dinesh Karthik played for India A against India B and India Seniors, and made little impact, scoring 17 and 3.

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64. Dinesh Karthik made only seven as India were skittled for 169.

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65. Dinesh Karthik made his debut at the first-class level in late-2002 against Baroda, playing as a wicket-keeper and batting at No 8, where he scored 37.

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66. On 18 August 2015, Dinesh Karthik married squash player Deepika Pallikal.

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67. In April 2002, Dinesh Karthik was selected to play against the touring Australian Cricket Academy, and scored 125 in the second of two matches.

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68. Dinesh Karthik was rewarded with selection for South Zone, which represents the country's south, in the Under-19 zonal competition.

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69. Dinesh Karthik was taught by his father, a first-division cricketer from Chennai.

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70. Dinesh Karthik was the regular wicket-keeper in Tests, making rare appearances in ODIs.

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