Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik is a wicket-keeper batsman. The Tamil Nadu boy has made its spot in India in the year 2004. After that, he’s among regular players in Indian cricket team. He is in and out of Indian cricket team because of MS Dhoni who play as a wicket-keeper batsman. He struggled to play for India as a batsman. Dinesh is a captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. He played some good innings in the T20 format as well. He played for India in all formats since 2007.


Real Name Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik
Nick Name DK
Profession Cricketer
Famous for  Indian Wicket-Keeper & Batsman
Date of Birth 01-Jun-85
Age(as in 2020) 35 years
Birth Place Chennai
Nationality Indian
Home Town Madras
School Don Bosco School, Chennai, St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai, Indian Public School in Salmiya, Kuwait
College/University Not Known
Educational Qualification Not Known
Religion Hindu
Address The Karthik’s Appartment, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height 170 cm
Weight 65 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Hobbies Watching movies, Traveling
Smokes? Not Known
Drinks Alcohol? Not Known

Birth & Early Life

Dinesh Karthik was born on June 1, 1985 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Krishna Kumar, a first-division cricketer from Chennai, and his wife Padma. He has a younger brother named Vinesh.

He spent a couple years of his childhood in Kuwait where his father worked and attended Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School, under Delhi Public School. At the age of ten, he got his first cricket lessons from his father, who had to leave cricket for a stable job and did not want his son to suffer the same fate.


Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik trained with his father since a very early age. He steered through the youth ranks very quickly, and debuted for Tamil Nadu Under-14s in early 1999 and was promoted to the Under-16 team in November that year.

He was selected for the Under-19 team at the age of 15 years and 3 months, but later lost the position due to poor performance. He regained his place in the U-19 team the following season and was subsequently promoted to the Under-22 team, making a strong case for his selection to the senior team in the 2002–03 season.

He debuted at first-class level as wicket-keeping batsman for Tamil Nadu in late-2002 against Baroda and in the whole season, he scored 179 runs in five matches, including an undefeated 88 to help the team avoid certain loss. While he was overlooked for Duleep Trophy due to dip in form, he bagged a spot in the national Under-19 team with three fifties in his second zonal season.

He improved his wicket-keeping skills by training under Kiran More, former national wicket-keeper batsman and chairman of the selection committee. During the 2003–04 Ranji season, he scored 438 runs with two centuries and 20 catches.

He secured a berth in Indian team for the 2004 U-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh. The Indian U-19 team reached the semifinals of the tournament.

International Career

Dinesh Karthik made his ODI debut in the NatWest series against England on September 5, 2004, and went on to play in one match against Kenya in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. He subsequently made his Test debut in the 4th Test against Australia on November 3, 2004, replacing out-of-form Parthiv Patel.

He next played in the two-match home series against South Africa, also in November 2004, but had only one decent 46-run innings in the second Test. The next month, he accompanied the Test team to Bangladesh for a two match series, but failed to contribute to India’s massive 500-plus scores in both matches.

The selection of M.S. Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman in the ODI team limited Karthik’s opportunities till April 2006, but he was retained for the home Test series against Pakistan in March 2005. He again failed to perform with the bat in high-scoring matches, except for 93 runs in the second innings of the second Test to put up a 166-run partnership with Rahul Dravid.

After scoring just one run in each match against Zimbabwe in September 2005, he was replaced by Dhoni who had a prolific career sofar. After Dhoni suffered a finger injury, he was called back for the Third Test against South Africa in January 2007 and made a hundred-run opening partnership with Wasim Jaffer, contributing 63 runs.

Prior to the Test series, he failed to perform in the ODIs, but made an unbeaten 31 in the T20 to steer India to victory against South Africa.

In the following four-match ODI series against West Indies, he took a struggling Indian team to a decent score with his 63 runs on a slow wicket in the match at Cuttack, and was instrumental in India’s victory in that match.

He was selected for the series against Sri Lanka and the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but failed to contribute with the bat. While he was retained for the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, he was later dropped due to poor performance.

He toured Bangladesh as a specialist opening batsman after a number of batsmen were dropped following India’s flop show at the World Cup 2007, and scored his maiden century in the second Test in Dhaka. With regular 50-plus scores, he became the top scorer for India in Tests during their England tour in mid-2007, but failed utilize his opportunity in the ODIs.

Despite average performance against Pakistan in late 2007, he was retained as an opener for the Australia series, but only played in one practice match and a T20. Replacing Dhoni, who had taken rest, he again showed poor form against Sri Lanka in July 2008 and was dropped from the team.

In the following years, he played as a replacement for Dhoni against teams like New Zealand and Bangladesh, but was later displaced by Wriddhiman Saha during the South Africa series in 2010. Riding on his good form in domestic cricket and IPL, he made a comeback to the ODI team during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

IPL Career

Dinesh Karthik played for Delhi Daredevils in the first three installments of IPL, showcasing consistent performance, and was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011. He joined Mumbai Indians in the following season and helped the team to its first ever title win in 2013 by scoring 510 in the whole tournament.

For the 2018 edition of IPL, he has been appointed captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Favorite things of Dinesh Karthik

Favorite Film Not Known
Favorite TV Show Not Known
Favorite Singer  A. R. Rahman
Favorite Sport  Cricket, Tennis

Marital Status and More

Marital Status  Married
Marriage Date 18 August 2015
(Dipika Pallikal Karthik)
2 May 2007
(Nikita Vijay)
Controversies It was believed that there was a love triangle between Karthik, his Ex-wife Nikita and cricketer Murali Vijay as it was said that she cheated on him with Murali Vijay
Salary (Approx.) ODI – 7.5 Lakhs Per Match
T20I – 6 Lakhs Per Match
Test – 15 Lakhs Per Match                 IPL – 7.4 crore
Net Worth $5 Million

Social Media Presence



Personal Life & Legacy

dinesh karthik wife deepika pallikal

Dinesh Karthik married his childhood friend Nikita Vanjara on May 02, 2007 in a low-key private ceremony in Mumbai. The marriage broke apart in 2012 allegedly because of Nikita’s affair with Indian cricketer Murali Vijay.

His second marriage to Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal was on August 18, 2015 in Chennai. The two first met back in 2008 at the Chennai marathon, but became romantically involved after they met again in 2013 at Mr. Shankar Basu’s Maverick gym.


It was believed that there was a love triangle between Karthik, his Ex-wife Nikita and cricketer Murali Vijay as it was said that she cheated on him with Murali Vijay.

Some Facts about Dinesh Karthik

  • Dinesh Karthik made his debut even before MS Dhoni.
  • Kartik was introduced to leather ball cricket by his cricket-loving father at a pretty young age. He honed his reflexes at by having his father throw hard leather balls at him at high speeds.
  • Just before his selection for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Dinesh Karthik was dropped from the ODI series against Australia. However, he finally made it to the Indian squad that traveled England for the world cup.
  • He was the first Indian to win a MOM in T20Is.
  • Despite not being a regular member of the Indian squad, he was bought at INR 12.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 auction and for INR 10.5 crore in 2015 by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  • He took part in the reality dance show, Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina, opposite Nigar Khan.