Dinesh Karthik Biography, Net Worth & Life Story

Dinesh Karthik is an Indian wicket-keeper; batsman and the current vice captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders. He also captains the Tamil Nadu Cricket Team. Karthik made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004.

He made his maiden Test century against Bangladesh and was India’s leading scorer in their Test tour of England. Helping India win their first series in England in 21 years. After a drop in form in September 2007, Karthik was dropped from the Test team. He has made only sporadic international appearances since then, although he continues to score well domestically. He holds the record for the highest number of catches taken as a wicketkeeper in the Indian Premier League.


Dinesh Karthik Family

Karthik’s father, Krishnakumar was a first division cricketer from Chennai. He was not able to make it big in the cricketing arena. And took the mantle of training his son from a young age. Karthik is married to Dipika Pallikal, with whom he tied the knot in 2015. This is his second marriage after getting divorced from Nikita Vanjara in 2012. Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh has played the role of a mentor and coach in Karthik’s life.

Personal information

Full name Dinesh Kumar Karthik
Born 1 June 1985 (age 35)
Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Nickname DK, Dino
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Wicket-keeper batsman


Dinesh Karthik Youth Career

Karthik was born in Madras. He began playing cricket at the age of 10, after a two-year period of living in Kuwait. Karthik was educated in India and at Carmel School and Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School in Kuwait. And finally from eighth standard on studied at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore in Chennai.

He was coached in cricket by his father, who was a first-division cricketer from Chennai. Disappointed that his career was hindered when he was forced by his family to put his education first. Karthik’s father did not want his son to suffer the same fate and trained him hard from an early age. Karthik honed his reflexes at a young age by having his father throw hard leather balls. He was initially a batsman and learned wicket-keeping on the Tamil Nadu youth teams. And Robin Singh considered him very fit.


Dinesh Karthik Domestic career

Karthik made his first-class debut in late 2002 against Baroda as a wicket-keeper. He batted in five matches of the round-robin; scoring 179 runs at an average of 35.80 with a top score of 88 not out. Against Uttar Pradesh in his second match. Karthik’s form tapered off after this match, and he failed to pass 20 again during the season. He took 11 catches but, due to repeated wicket-keeping errors, he was dropped from the season’s final matches.

Karthik was overlooked in the selection for the zonal Duleep Trophy, and played in the under-19s for South Zone. He was more productive in his second zonal season, scoring 180 runs at 60.00 with three half-centuries. He was selected for the national under-19 team, and played in three youth One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Nepal.


Karthik was named captain of the India A team for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy in October 2018. In October 2022, he was named in India C squad for the next edition. Karthik led the Tamil Nadu team to their second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy win. At the tournament’s 2022–21 editions. After he captained the team to a win at the inaugural edition in 2006–07. He finished with 183 runs at 61.00 and was named captain in Wisden’s ‘team of the tournament.

Domestic team information

Years Team
2002–present Tamil Nadu
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2011 Kings XI Punjab
2012–2013 Mumbai Indians
2014 Delhi Daredevils
2015 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2016–2017 Gujarat Lions
2018–present Kolkata Knight Riders


Dinesh Karthik Indian Premier League

Karthik played in the 2008 Indian Premier League as wicket-keeper for the Delhi Daredevils. Scoring 145 runs at 24.16 with a strike rate of 135.51. His highest score was an unbeaten 56 to steer Delhi to a five-wicket Mumbai Indians. In the 2009 Indian Premier League hosted by South Africa, Karthik played in each of Delhi’s 15 matches. He scored 288 runs at 36.00, passing 40 on three occasions and making 17 dismissals. Although Delhi topped the tournament’s pool stage. Karthik made only nine in the semi-final and Delhi were defeated by six wickets by the Deccan Chargers.

He was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011 for $900,000, making him the second-most-expensive player on their squad. For the 2012 Indian Premier League, Karthik joined Mumbai Indians for a reported $2.35 million. He was again bought by Delhi in 2014. By Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 and in 2016 by the Gujarat Lions. Who retained him for the 2017 season. He was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2018 IPL season and led the team to the playoffs.


Dinesh Karthik International Career

Karthik made his Test debut against Australian cricket team in 2004 in Mumbai. He failed to make an impact in his initial innings. He played in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy but was eventually replaced by MS Dhoni. In the subsequent series, Dhoni kept performing better and Karthik was unable to capitalise on his chances.

Karthik’s ODI debut also came in 2004 against England. Karthik was also selected for the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. He was not able to perform well and was replaced by Rohit Sharma for the semi-final and the final. In 2009, he was called back to India’s ODI squad to replace Dhoni, who was banned due to slow over-rate. He was again recalled for the team for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

International information

National side India (2004–present)
Test debut (cap 250) 3 November 2004 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 156) 5 September 2004 v England
ODI shirt no. 21
T20I debut (cap 4) 1 December 2006 v South Africa


Dinesh Karthik Along the Years

Year Age  Achievement
2002 17 First Class Debut
2004 19 Played in Under 19 World Cup
2004 19 ODI and Test Debut
2006 21 T20 Debut
2007 22 Played in 2007 ICC World Cup and 2007 ICC World Twenty20
2007 22 Married Nikita Vanjara
2008 23 Made his IPL Debut
2009 24 Made captain of Tamil Nadu Ranji Team
2015 30 Married Dipika Pallikal


Dinesh Karthik Career Statictis

Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 26 94 32 167
Runs scored 1,025 1,752 399 9,620
Batting average 25.00 30.21 33.25 40.93
100s/50s 1/7 0/9 0/0 28/43
Top score 129* 79 48 213
Balls bowled 120
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 57/6 64/7 14/5 387/45


Dinesh Karthik Net Worth

The total net worth of Mr. Dinesh Karthik is estimated to be 11 Million USD, which in Indian currency is approximately equal to 80 Crore Indian Rupee (i.e. approx Eighty Crore INR). The Main Source of Dinesh Karthik income and net worth came from cricket. Also, the brand value of Mr. Dinesh Karthik is very high and is also the most respected player across the globe. He also earns a huge sum of money from various International and National Cricket Matches and from Indian Premiere League (IPL). He also endorses multiple brands where he charges a good amount of money.


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