Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been around for a long time now. Having made his international debut way back in 2004, Karthik has played numerous memorable innings both for Team India as well as for his domestic and franchise teams.
But if there is one knock that the enigmatic stumper is most renowned for is his maniac 8-ball 27 against Bangladesh in the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.
Coming into bat with India requiring 34 off the last 12 balls and with Vijay Shankar struggling to put bat to ball, Karthik took it upon himself to steer the Men in Blue to an unlikely win and he did that by pulling off a Javed Miandad. With India needing 5 runs off the last ball, Kartik smashed Soumya Sarkar over extra-cover to complete the heist.
That innings by Dinesh Karthik not only helped him gain a permanent spot in the T20I team but it also paved way for him to make a comeback in the other formats of the game.
Dinesh Karthik played a stellar role in India’s 2007 Test series win in England
The current generation of Indian fans might remember Dinesh Karthik as a T20 specialist who would come to bat in the death overs and smoke a whirlwind 10-ball 30. And, few would remember that the Tamil Nadu stumper played a stellar role in one of Indian cricket’s greatest triumphs of the 21st century in the longest format of the game.
India has won a Test series in England only once since the turn of the century. It came under the leadership of Rahul Dravid in the summer of 2007 where the Men in Blue triumphed over Michael Vaughan’s men by a margin of 1-0.
And, while many would remember the stellar performances of Anil Kumble (with both bat and ball), the fab-4, Zaheer Khan and RP Singh, the role that the opening duo of Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik played often slips under the radar. Karthik and Jaffer consistently gave Team India a steady platform on which the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly duly cashed in.
Dinesh Karthik was in brilliant form throughout that Test series and he eventually finished as India’s highest run-getter and third overall– 263 runs in 6 innings at an average of 43.83. His best knock came in the last Test at the Oval where he scored a 151-ball 91- an innings that included 10 fours and a six. Karthik’s scored was only bettered by Anil Kumble, who racked up his maiden Test ton as India finished at 664.
On Monday, Karthik engaged with his fans on Instagram via Q/A session, and needless to say he picked his knock at the Oval in 2007 when asked by a fan about his favorite innings.