Dinesh Karthik, the Indian cricketer who performed pretty well in the recently concluded IPL 2022 has made a stunning comeback to the Indian team as he has been selected in the Indian squad which will play 5-match T20I series against South Africa.
DK who is celebrating his 37th birthday today (June 1) made his international debut in the year 2004 and he has played 26 test matches, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country. He was not able to cement his place in the Indian squad because of the fact that India already had MS Dhoni as a wicketkeeper and as he was the skipper of the team, it was quite obvious that Dhoni was always a part of the team. Dinesh Karthik kept on getting calls for the national duty even under Dhoni’s captaincy but at that time, he used to play as a specialist batsman or used to keep wickets only if Dhoni was not playing the match.
However in 2018, Dinesh Karthik surprised everyone when he played an explosive innings in the finals of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh and clinched victory from the hands of Bangladesh by scoring 29 runs in just 8 balls. He made a big impact on minds of the Indian cricket lovers with this innings and many started comparing him with MS Dhoni.
In a media interaction after the Nidahas Trophy, DK talked about his comparison with Mahi and said that he is a student of the university from where Dhoni has topped. DK says that while his journey has started and it has provided him with hope, Dhoni’s journey has been totally different.
Talking about his selection in the team, he said that it was a great boost for him that he was even considered by the selectors. DK states that he dreams to play in the purest form of the game and despite Wriddhiman Saha doing well, he is happy to be back in the fold of things.
DK was called back in the Indian squad in the year 2017 but he was not selected after the 2019 World Cup semi-final which India lost to New Zealand. Now after three years, Dinesh Karthik has made a comeback in team India and he is one of those very few cricketers who are proving that age is just a number.