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KKR skipper, Dinesh Karthik AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik became the 12th player in IPL history to reach 3,000 runs. During match 13 of ongoing VIVO IPL 2018 between KKR and Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Karthik achieved this feat with a single off Vijay Shankar. Karthik thus joined an elite league, comprising of Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, David Warner, Robin Uthappa, Chris Gayle and others.

Another franchise, added responsibility

Karthik led KKR to a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in his first match as their captain before losing the next two, against Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, he has looked in good touch with bat, and will be eager to make amends. KKR is Karthik’s sixth franchise. Other than wicketkeeping, he has also been burdened with captaincy of two-time winners KKR.

Did You Know?

– Karthik has a better IPL strike-rate (125) than Shikhar Dhawan (123).

– Karthik’s IPL highest, 86, is better than the likes of Yuvraj Singh (83) and Kieron Pollard (78).

– Karthik has more IPL fifties (14) than Sachin Tendulkar (13).