Dinesh Karthik Cricketer Profile – Age, Achievements, Career, Stats & More

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Dinesh Karthik rose to be an international cricket player at a very young age. However, his inconsistent scores did not help him to become the best Cricketer. But he is still considered one of the best cricket players in India and has made some impressive records. Here is more about Dinesh Karthik. 

Basic Information About Dinesh Karthik

Full Name Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik
Age 36 years
Born In Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Bat Style Right-Handed
Bowl Style Off-break
Nationality Indian
Birth Date 1 June 1985
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.7 m)
Spouse Dipika Pallikal
Net Worth 80 Crore INR/$11 million
Teams India, ICC World XI, India A, India B, India Blue, India Emerging, Indian Inv XI, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Tamil Nadu, Abahani Limited, Gujarat Lions, Salem Spartans, IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans, India C,


Dinesh Karthik got his cricket inspiration from his father, Kumar, who was also a cricketer. Kumar, a division cricketer, had given up cricket and focused on studies and work due to family circumstances. However, he made sure that his son would not face the same issue by training him at an early age. Since then, Dinesh has made his name and is even the current vice-captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Dinesh Karthik Cricket Batting Stats:

As a left-handed batsman, Dinesh has made his records in different tournaments. 

ODIs Match: Dinesh Karthik has played 71 matches in the ODIs. In this, he has made 60 innings, 1313 runs, and an average of 27.93. His number of Not Outs is 13, and a strike rate of 73.22.

Tests Match: In the 23 matches Dinesh has played in the Tests, he has recorded 37 innings, 1000 runs, and 1 Not Out. He has faced 2000 balls and has a strike rate of 50.00.

T20Is Match: Dinesh has participated in 9 T20Is and registered 8 innings with 100 runs. He has faced 88 balls, 8 Not Outs, and a strike rate of 16.66.

T20s: Dinesh has played more of the T20s than other tournaments. He has 199 matches in this league with 175 innings, 3682 runs, and the highest score being 44. Dinesh’s average is 24.06, and the strike rate is 127.66. 

Dinesh Karthik Cricket Bowling Stats:

ODIs: Dinesh Karthik has not made any record concerning bowling, although he is a left-arm orthodox. 

Dinesh Karthik Cricket Career Information

Domestic Career:

Dinesh Karthik was recognized at an early age, and in 1999, he was included in Tamil Nadu’s under-14 side. He performed well and was promoted to under-16. He kept doing well with the bat, but his wicket-keeping was not appealing. 

His 15-year-old career includes 94 ODIs and 32 T20s. He has smashed wickets for the Indian team in ICC leagues and crucial trophies. 

In 2001, he was named for the under-19 side but did not have a fruitful year since he scored 133 runs in seven matches. 

In the 2002-2003 Ranji season, he made his first-class cricket debut. He recorded 88 against Uttar Pradesh in his second game and 179 runs in the first five games with an average of 35.80.

Test Debut:

Danish made his Test debut on November 3, 2004, against Australia at Wankhede Stadium. He registered 14 runs in two innings and caught two wickets.

The last Test was in August 2021, but he had to leave the commentary panel after the third Test to join Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 2021. He has scored 123 runs in the seven matches he has played on the Test. 

ODI Debut:

Dinesh made his ODI debut on September 5, 2004, versus England at Lord’s. He made poor scores in the ODIs and was replaced by Mahendra Singh Dhoni but later came back as a batsman on various occasions. His last ODI was on July 9, 2019, versus New Zealand at Emirates Old Trafford. 

T20 Debut:

He made his T20 debut on December 1, 2006, versus South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium. Dinesh played his last T20 match on February 27, 2019, against Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. 

IPL Debut:

Karthik made his IPL debut on April 19, 2008, against Rajasthan Royals at Arun Jaitley Stadium. He scored 145 runs with a strike rate of 135.51. However, his highest score was an unbeaten 56, leading Delhi to win by five wickets against Mumbai Indians. 

In IPL 2021, he was the Vice-captain in the first phase of the league, but for the remaining part of it, Dinesh will be leading KKR. 

Records, Achievements and Awards List

  • He has a superb record in Domestic cricket of scoring over 1900 Runs in all formats of cricket. 
  • He is known as one of the giants in the Indian Premier League.
  • He was made the captain of the Tamil Nadu Ranji team in 2009. 
  • He is the first-ever Indian Cricketer to win a Twenty20 International Man of the Match award. He had scored an unbeaten 28-ball 31 runs, and India won the first-ever T20I against South Africa. 
  • He holds the record of facing the most number of deliveries, 18, by an Indian batter for scoring no runs in ODI. 
  • In 2007 against England, Virender Sehwag made him an opening, and he played as the opening batsman. He turned up with excellent numbers, ended the season as the highest run-getter, and led India to win the Test series 1-0. 
  • He was named wicket-keeper of the IPL XI for the 2017 IPL edition by CricBuzz. 

Dinesh Karthik was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011 for $900000 and became the second most expensive player on his squad. Mumbai Indians then bought him for $2.35 Million. He played with them for two seasons, where he won his IPL title in the 2013 season till today. Delhi bought Dinesh in 2014, by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015, and in 2016 by the Gujarat Lions, who then retained them in the 2017 season. 


Dinesh Karthik injured his finger while wicket-keeping at Lord’s, and he missed the must-win match at Trent Bridge. 

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Reference Resource:

  1. https://www.sportzcraazy.com/dinesh-karthik-cricketer-biography/
  2. https://www.fantasybet.com/players/dinesh-karthik/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_Karthik

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