The comeback tale of wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik into the Indian team is one of the most inspiring ones in recent times.

Always playing under the shadow of India’s talismanic batsman and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Karthik found it difficult to make the cut into the Indian side.

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Interestingly, Karthik made his debut well before the iconic Indian cricketer.

In spite of frequent disappointments regarding selection into the national squad, Karthik did the hards yards in domestic cricket, while representing Tamil Nadu.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik comes back into the Indian Test side after eight years. Credits: BCCI.

Finally, his persistence paid off, and selection committee picked Karthik as a replacement for Manish Pandey in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

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From the fringes within the Indian squad, skipper occasionally used Karthik at the debatable number four position.

But, the true coming of Karthik was during the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh.

In just eight balls, Karthik took India towards an improbable victory with his 27-run cameo, thereby, making a strong case for himself in the World Cup of 2019.

Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Nidahas Trophy 2018, Colombo, Bangladesh
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CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders, Venky Mysore, entrusted his faith in Karthik for the captaincy. The Tamil Nadu stalwart obliged by taking a young team to the third position in the IPL points table.

Further, 2018 continues to be significant for Karthik. He replaces Wriddhiman Saha to don Indian whites for the Afghanistan Test match.

However, Karthik makes a comeback in the Test arena after a wait of eight long years.

Venky Mysore, Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Riders, Skipper, Virat Kohli, Team India
CEO Venky Mysore for KKR with Dinesh Karthik. Photo Credit: KKR.

Heartiest congrats DK for being recalled to the India test side! Glad sheer hard work & performance has been noticed. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!! #rooting4uSkipper! @DineshKarthik @KKRiders” tweeted Venky Mysore.

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