Debut before Dhoni… Is 'Mr. Finisher's' IPL career over?

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Dinesh Karthik put an end to his IPL careerKarthik was included by RCB as a finisher 38-year-old Karthik's performance was not good in this IPL.

New Delhi. He was included in the team as a finisher. But in this season of IPL, this wicketkeeper could not live up to the expectations. Dinesh Karthik, who made his debut in international cricket before Mahendra Singh Dhoni, played his last IPL match against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Karthik did not officially announce his retirement from IPL, but the way he was interacting with his teammates on the field after the match indicated that this was the right-handed batsman's last IPL match. . Karthik saw a lot of ups and downs in his 17-year long IPL career. Despite this, he made a strong comeback on the field every time. Karthik performed brilliantly with the bat as well as behind the wicket. However, he could not lead RCB to the title, which he will regret for a long time.

38-year-old Dinesh Karthik's international cricket career has been 20 years long. He made his ODI debut in September 2004. Dhoni played the first One Day International match of his career in December 2004. Karthik's bat remained silent most of the time in this IPL season. He scored 326 runs in 15 matches while remaining unbeaten 4 times. During this period he scored 2 half-centuries. Right-handed batsman Karthik's best score this season was 83 runs. In the 2022 IPL, Karthik scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 180. Due to his excellent performance, he was successful in making a place in the T20 World Cup team that year.

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Wife cheated with friend
Dinesh Karthik's personal life has been full of struggles. His first wife Nikita Vanzara, along with her friend Murali Vijay, cheated on him. Murali Vijay and Karthik both played domestic cricket together for Tamil Nadu for a long time. Both were friends but later Nikita separated from Dinesh Karthik and married Murali Vijay. After this Dinesh Karthik was completely mentally broken. Then he could not think of anything. Nikita and Karthik separated in 2012. After this, Karthik got the support of star squash player Deepika Pallikal. After being in a relationship for some time, Karthik married Deepika in 2015. Today both are parents of twin sons.

Dinesh Karthik played for 6 IPL teams
Dinesh Karthik played for a total of 6 teams in his 17-year IPL career. He started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). He joined Punjab Kings via Delhi in 2011. After this he spent two seasons with Mumbai Indians. In 2015, RCB gave him a chance. Before spending four seasons with RCB, he played for Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017. After this he joined the KKR team. KKR also gave him the opportunity to captain. In 2022, Karthik returned to RCB again. This time his role was that of a finisher. He played this role very well.

International Cricket Career of Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 60 T20 International matches for India. He scored 1025 runs in Tests while he scored 1752 runs in ODIs. He has 686 runs in T20 Internationals. Karthik has played a total of 401 T20 matches in which he has scored 7407 runs.

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