Despite memorable knocks for India in the limited-overs format, Dinesh Karthik’s international career never took off, like it was expected to, given the abundance of talent he had. One can easily say, he would have done well in any era, but the presence of former India skipper MS Dhoni meant Karthik got limited opportunities and could not cement his place in the national side like he would have wanted. Also Read - MS Dhoni Birthday Special: Take This Quiz And Prove You Are The Ultimate Dhoni Fan
Karthik, who has been part of many franchises in the IPL, has been a stalwart in the cash-rich T20 league. He is currently the skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. The Tamil Nadu-born turned 35 and is at the fag end of his career, hoping to still contribute to the country. Also Read - 'Once in a Generation, a Player Comes And a Nation Connects With Him' - Sehwag Leads Birthday Wishes as Dhoni Turns 39
Karthik made his debut for India during a One-Day International (ODI) match against England in 2004. Since then, he has amassed 1,752 runs in 94 ODIs, 1,025 runs in 26 Tests, and 399 runs in 32 T20Is. Also Read - Pravin Tambe to Play For Trinbago Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League
He has also played in 163 first-class matches, scoring 9,376 runs at a batting average of 40.76.
Here is how his fellow cricketers wished him on turning a year older.
The Nidahas Trophy hero was slated to lead the KKR in the IPL, which has now been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.