Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Dinesh Karthik has named Sri Lanka’s premier pacer, Lasith Malinga as the toughest bowler he has faced in his career. Karthik made this revelation while hosting a question and answer session on his Instagram page.
When one of his fans asked him “Who is the most challenging bowler you have faced”, Karthik posted Malinga’s image in his Instagram story to answer. The wicket-keeper batsman and the pacer have met each other in few instances across their careers.
In ODIs, Malinga has got rid of Karthik twice conceding 63 runs from 53 balls, while in T20Is the right-hander was dismissed by Malinga on the only ball he faced. In the IPL, Malinga, playing for Mumbai Indians has dismissed Karthik thrice as the batsman could manage only 12 runs from 17 balls delivered by the Sri Lankan – clearly, Malinga has had the wood over the KKR skipper.
The 37-year-old pacer is amongst the greatest bowlers in limited-overs cricket. With his myriad variations, he has foxed even the smartest of the batters. As things stand, Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in T20Is and the IPL.
Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021
Karthik has been named Tamil Nadu’s captain for the forthcoming season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is the premier T20 domestic competition in the country. The tournament will kickstart from January 10 and will also mark the resumption of high-profile domestic cricket in India.
The 35-year-old led Tamil Nadu to the final last year but lost to Manish Pandey’s Karnataka. Allrounder Vijay Shankar has been named as Dinesh Karthik’s deputy. Both Karthik and Shankar will look to take this opportunity to make a comeback in the national T20 side with an eye to the T20 World Cup later in the year at home.
Tamil Nadu will miss the services of major names like Ravichandran Ashwin, T Natarajan, and Washington Sundar as the trio is in Australia with Team India. The team also includes spinners M Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, Sandeep Warrier, and M Siddharth. They will miss opening batsman Murali Vijay also as earlier he had pulled out of the team due to personal reasons.
Tamil Nadu squad:
Dinesh Karthik (captain), Vijay Shankar (vice-captain), B Aparajith, B Indrajith, M Shahrukh Khan, C Hari Nishaanth, KB Arun Karthik, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, N Jagadeesan, Aswin Crist, M Mohammed, G Periyasamy, Sandeep Warrier, J Kousik, R Sonu Yadav, M Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth, L Suryapprakash, R S Jaganath Srinivas.