Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal: United by sports

Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik with fianc e Dipika Pallikal pictured together during their engagement.

Dipika, a squash player became the first Indian to be listed in top ten Women’s Squash Association (WSA) rankings. She has won three Women’s International Squash Player Association titles (WISPA) in 2011 and stormed her way in the top ten rankings in 2012. She was the runner up in the 2012 Tournament of Champions and reached the semi-finals of Australian Open 2012. In February 2013, she won her sixth WSA title by winning Meadowood Pharmacy Open.

The couple first met in a marathon in 2008. Dipika hated cricketers till she met Karthik. She was quoted to be saying, “Except Dinesh Karthik I hate all cricketers because they steal all the limelight and endorsements.” They got engaged in November 2013 and decided to get married in mid of this year after almost two years of togetherness.

Karthik has played 23 Tests and 71 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India. In Tests, he has scored 1000 runs and 1313 runs in ODIs. Currently he represents Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League (IPL).