Recalling a heartbreaking story from 2008, India wicketkeeper and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said it’s been 13 years and he is still waiting for a call from Chennai Super Kings. Also Read - Netherlands vs Scotland ODI 2021: Full schedule, Squads, Match timings, Telecast And Live Streaming Details
The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer said it was like a dagger in his heart when he came to know that MS Dhoni was the first pick of the franchise in 2008. Also Read - How Cyclone Tauktae Smashed The Sightscreens at Wankhede Stadium, BKC | VIRAL PIC
Karthik said he was convinced CSK would pick him as he was a big name already and was playing for the national side. Also Read - BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal on Why Virat Kohli-Less India Will Tour Sri Lanka in July
“In 2008, I was in Australia and the auction was happening. In the lead up to that, I was convinced that the biggest name from Tamil Nadu who is also playing for the country…I’m sure they (Chennai Super Kings) are going to pick me. The question is whether they are going to make me the captain or not…that was going on in my head. And the first name they picked as Dhoni, for 1.5 million and he was sitting right around the corner with me. And he didn’t even tell me that they are going to pick him. Probably he didn’t know. But that was the biggest dagger to my heart. So I thought that they would pick me later. It’s been 13 years and I am still waiting for that elusive call from CSK,” said Karthik while picking his all-time IPL XI during a conversation with Cricbuzz.
Karthik was eventually roped in by Delhi Daredevils in 2008 where he played three seasons before moving to Mumbai Indians.