Dinesh Karthik Biography
Dinesh Karthik entered the international arena in 2004 after a promising stint with the India under-19 side. Parthiv Patel’s loss of form helped him find his way to the Test side. However, the emergence of MS Dhoni saw Karthik's chances behind the stumps fade away. He later made a comeback as an opening batsman.
Despite Dhoni’s presence Karthik has a strong claim to play for India as a batsman alone. Apart from being a fine batsman without being flashy, Karthik is also a brilliant fielder. Karthik's batting had won him a few Test caps as an opener when he formed a reliable pair with Wasim Jaffer in 2006 and 2007. He scored his maiden Test century against Bangladesh in 2007 and then performed admirably in India's 1-0 series win in England that year.
However, he then found himself out of the Test side as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Shewag established themselves at the top. Though he remained in the scheme of things for ODIs, Wriddhiman Saha moved ahead of him in the reckoning for Tests. He leads Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and has always been one of the more popular purchases in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He helped Mumbai win their first IPL title in 2013 and was part of the Indian side that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.