Dinesh Karthik to Retire after IPL 2024

Dinesh Karthik to Retire after IPL 2024

India’s veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik is gearing up for his swansong in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as he takes the field for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. ESPNcricinfo has received information indicating that Karthik, who will turn 39 in June, is also on the brink of making a final call on his international cricket future.

Dinesh Karthik’s IPL Journey

Having kicked off his IPL journey with the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Karthik stands among a distinguished group of players who have featured in every season of the IPL since its inception in 2008. This exclusive club includes the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, and Manish Pandey. Impressively, Karthik has missed just two matches in his 16-season IPL career.

His first absence was in his debut season, against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and the second occurred in 2023 when he sat out the league match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Karthik’s performance in the 2023 IPL was lackluster, with just 140 runs at an average of just over 11. This was in stark contrast to his stellar 2022 season, where he was instrumental in Royal Challengers reaching the playoffs, scoring 330 runs in 16 matches at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 183.33.

Karthik’s impressive form in the 2022 IPL earned him a spot in the 2022 T20 World Cup squad in Australia. However, he managed just 14 runs in three innings as India exited in the semi-finals against eventual champions England.

This stint with the Royal Challengers is Karthik’s second, having played for them in 2015. He has represented a total of six IPL teams, including the Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers. In 240 matches, Karthik has scored 4516 runs at an average of nearly 26, with 20 half-centuries.

Stellar behind the Wickets

Apart from his batting prowess, Karthik is also known for his skills behind the stumps. He is second on the list of overall dismissals (133) and stumpings (36) in the IPL, behind only Dhoni. Karthik has also captained in the IPL, leading the Daredevils on six occasions and the Knight Riders in 37 matches from 2018 to 2020.

The Royal Challengers will kick off their IPL campaign against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on March 23 at the Chepauk stadium, Karthik’s home ground.

New Career

As he prepares to bid adieu to his playing career, Karthik has already embarked on a new journey in broadcasting. He began his broadcasting career in 2021, working as a pundit for the inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand and later in The Hundred. Currently, he is a regular commentator for the India-England Test series.

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