Dinesh Karthik Age, Net worth, Wife, Family, Cricket Career, and much more

Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik (born 1 June 1985) is an Indian professional cricketer and commentator who plays domestically for the Indian Cricket Team and currently plays in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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Who Is Dinesh Karthik?

Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik (born 1 June 1985) is an Indian professional cricketer and commentator who plays domestically for the Indian Cricket Team and currently plays in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is also the current captain of the Tamil Nadu cricket team in domestic cricket. He made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004. Karthik has become the fourth Indian batsman to play 300 T20 matches.

He made his first Test century against Bangladesh and was India’s top scorer on their Test tour of England, helping India win their first series in England for 21 years. After a slump in form in September 2007, Karthik was dropped from the Test squad. Since then, he has only made sporadic international appearances, though he continues to score well at domestic level. Between 2018 and 2020, he was the captain of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. Karthik has also occasionally worked as a commentator/expert for UK channel Sky Sports between 2020 and 2021, most notably during India’s tour of England.

Dinesh Karthik Facts, Biography, WIKI

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Full NameKrishnakumar Dinesh Karthik
Born1 June 1985 (age 37)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Batting styleRight-handed
Bowling styleRight-arm off break
Zodiac SignGemini

Dinesh Karthik Early life

He started playing cricket at the age of 10, after a two-year stint living in Kuwait (where his father worked). Karthik was educated in India, and at Carmel School and Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School in Kuwait and finally, starting in eighth grade, he studied at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Egmore in Chennai. He was coached in cricket by his father who was a first division cricketer from Chennai.

Karthik rose steadily through the youth ranks. He made his Tamil Nadu under-14 debut in early 1999 and was promoted to the under-19 team early in the 2000/2001 season. He made his first-class debut for the senior team the following season.

Dinesh Karthik Age

He is 37 years old.

Dinesh Karthik Net Worth

His net worth is about $12 million.

Dinesh Karthik’s Wife

Nikita Vanjara

Dinesh Karthik Personal Life, Family

  • Personal Life

Karthik was married to Nikita Vanjara in 2007. Dinesh Karthik and Nikita divorced in 2012 due to dysfunctions in their relationship.[7][8] She later married Karthik’s fellow cricketer Murali Vijay. He participated in the dance reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina with Nigaar Khan in 2008. Karthik became engaged to Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal in November 2013 and they married in traditional Christian and Hindu ceremonies in August 2015. The couple married became parents to twin boys, Kabir and Zian on October 18, 2021

  • Family
Spouse/WifeNikita Vanjara
FatherKrishna Kumar
MotherPadmini Krishnakumar
SistersNot known
GirlfriendNot known
Marriage Date18 October 2021.

Dinesh Karthik International Debut

Test debut

3 November 2004 v Australia

ODI debut

5 September 2004 v England

T20 debut

1 December 2006 v South Africa

Dinesh Karthik Cricket Career

  • Domestic Career

Here is all about Dinesh Karthik’s Domestic Career.

Karthik made his first-class debut in late 2002 against Baroda as a goalkeeper. He batted in five round-robin matches, scoring 179 runs at an average of 35.80 with a top score of 88 without beating Uttar Pradesh in his second match. Karthik’s form declined after this match and he failed to go above 20 again during the season. He made 11 receptions but, due to repeated ground-keeping errors, was eliminated from the final games of the season.

Karthik was overlooked in selection for the zone 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 under-19 national team and played in three junior One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Nepal.

Karthik attended an out-of-season wicket-keeping camp, led by former Indian goalkeeper and chairman of selectors Kiran More, which he credited with improving his technique. After playing in the Chennai League, he returned to the under-22 team at the start of the season before being selected for India Emerging Players to play their young counterparts from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in late September.

Karthik was appointed as the captain of the India A team for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy in October 2018. In October 2019, he was named in the India C team for the next edition. Karthik led the Tamil Nadu team to their second victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in the 2020-21 edition of the tournament, after he captained the team to victory in 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’.

Dinesh Karthik has become the fourth Indian batsman to play 300 T20 matches

Indian Premier League

Karthik played in the 2008 Indian Premier League as a goalkeeper for the Delhi Daredevils, scoring 145 runs at 24.16 at a strike rate of 135.51. His highest score was an unbeaten 56 to lead Delhi to a five-wicket victory in a pool match against 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 group stage of the tournament, Karthik made just nine in the semi-final as Delhi were beaten 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 his team. For the 2012 Indian Premier League, Karthik joined Mumbai Indians for $2.35 million. He played with Mumbai Indians for two seasons (2012, 2013) where he won his only IPL title in 2013 season to date.

He managed to score just 223 runs and enforce 7 dismissals in IPL 2021. DK ended his spell at Kolkata Knight Riders as the second most successful captain of the franchise behind only Gautam Gambhir.

In the 2022 IPL auction, Karthik was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹5.50 crores. He scored 330 runs in 16 innings from 16 matches for RCB that season at an average of 55.00 and strike rate of 183.33, taking a central role in the Challengers’ season.

He is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL in 2023.

  • International Career

Here is all about Dinesh Karthik’s International Career.

Test career

Karthik made his Test cricket debut in the fourth Test between Australia and India in Mumbai in October 2004, replacing Parthiv Patel (who was ruled out for poor wicket maintenance). He scored 14 runs in two innings and took two catches, but was praised for his wicket keeping on a bounce-and-spin pitch that saw 40 wickets fall in two days.

Karthik was retained for India’s next engagement – a two Test home series against South Africa. In a high scoring tie where both teams passed 450 in the first innings, Karthik managed just a solitary run in the first Test at Kanpur. In the second Test at Kolkata, he scored 46 runs to help extend India’s first innings lead to 106 runs for the host’s eight wicket victory.

Karthik had a chance for a high score in India’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh in December 2004. Against a team that had never won a Test, India swept the series, winning both matches by one innings. Although his team surpassed 500 in both games, Karthik only scored 25 and 11

He scored an unbeaten 117 against Kerala in the 2009 one-day tournament and was selected for the New Zealand tour as a reserve goalkeeper. After watching the T20 and ODI series, Karthik played in the second Test when Dhoni picked up an injury; he was criticized for dropping a series of sacks.

Karthik then played in the first test in Chittagong [when?] after Dhoni was injured again. He made a duck in the first inning and 27 in the second, watching the next match after Dhoni returned.

He scored 183 and 150 in the Duleep Trophy final against West Zone, the third player to score centuries in both innings of a Duleep Trophy final.

Limited over career

Dinesh Karthik made his debut in 2004 against England at Lord’s in the last match of the ODI series, scoring just one run. Despite dropping England captain Michael Vaughan off Anil Kumble’s bowling, he eventually struck Vaughan in the leg and took another catch. Karthik played in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy against Kenya, catching three receptions before being replaced in the ODI squad by MS Dhoni. He did not play another ODI until April 2006.

In April 2006, Karthik was called up to the ODI squad to give Dhoni a rest in the ODI final against England in Indore. He was not required to bat as India posted a seven wicket victory. Karthik was then reinstated as reserve goalkeeper for the West Indies tour after scoring 134 runs for India A at 33.50, including 75 runs as man of the match against the United Arab Emirates. He had further opportunities at international level later that year during the ODI tour of South Africa after Yuvraj Singh was injured. As a batsman in three of the ODIs, Karthik struggled with 42 runs at an average of 14.00 and a top score of 17 as South Africa were awarded a 5–0 shutout.


Karthik got another chance in India’s four-match tour of the West Indies when he replaced Virender Sehwag, who was out with a shoulder problem. He scored 67, 4 and 47 runs in the first match as India took the series, 2-1. Karthik was retained for a brief ODI triangular tournament in Sri Lanka in September. He scored 4 and 16 in India’s two round-robin matches and was knocked out for the final, in which India defeated the hosts. Karthik was retained for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, but after his performances in Sri Lanka, he was omitted from the first two matches. Although he had a chance in India’s last group match against the West Indies and scored 34 in a seven wicket victory, it was not enough to prevent India’s first round exit.


Karthik was called up to India’s T20 setup after three years for India’s South African tour in May 2022. He made his first half-century in the series 16 years after his T20 cricket debut for India in the third T20 match against South Africa. In June 2022, he was named in India’s squad for their T20I series against Ireland. In July 2022, Karthik was announced as the captain of the India cricket team for the 20 warm-up matches against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. He subsequently was named in India’s 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. Karthik is one of only two cricketers in the 2022 squad to also feature in India’s victorious 2007 campaign with MS Dhoni, the other being captain Rohit Sharma.

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FAQs About Dinesh Karthik?

When did Dinesh Karthik make his international Debut?

Dinesh Karthik made his debut match in 2004 against England at Lord’s in the last match of ODI series, scoring just one run.

Who is Dinesh Karthik’s Wife?

Nikita Vanjara

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