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IPL 2024: RCB’s Dinesh Karthik to Bid Adieu to His Glorious Career

IPL 2024: RCB’s Dinesh Karthik to Bid Adieu to His Glorious Career
IPL 2024: RCB’s Dinesh Karthik to Bid Adieu to His Glorious Career (Image via: Getty Images)
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In a significant announcement, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star player, Dinesh Karthik, has decided to bring down the curtains on his illustrious Indian Premier League (IPL) career after the 2024 season.

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A Remarkable Journey

Dinesh Karthik, who turns 39 in June, is set to play his final IPL season this year when he appears for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Karthik is part of a select group of seven players to have featured in every season of the IPL since its inception in 2008. He has represented six IPL teams: starting with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Throughout his journey, Karthik has missed just two matches in 16 seasons, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the league. In 240 matches, Karthik has scored 4516 runs at an average of nearly 26, striking at over 132 with 20 half centuries. As a keeper, Karthik is second on the list behind MS Dhoni in overall dismissals (133) as well as stumpings (36).

Ups and Downs

Karthik’s IPL career has been a rollercoaster ride, with moments of brilliance and periods of struggle. He enjoyed a stellar season with RCB in 2022, playing a crucial role as a finisher with his aggressive batting, scoring 330 runs at a strike rate of over 183. This performance earned him a place in the 2022 T20 World Cup squad. However, the 2023 season proved to be a challenge for the veteran batsman, with his form dipping significantly.

A Second Innings

While Karthik prepares to bid farewell to the IPL as a player, he has already begun venturing into a second career. He started working as a cricket commentator in 2021, gradually establishing himself in the broadcasting industry.

A Legacy of Excellence

Dinesh Karthik leaves behind a remarkable legacy in the IPL. As a captain, he led Kolkata Knight Riders for 37 matches, achieving 21 wins and 21 losses. His future in international cricket also remains uncertain, with a decision expected soon.

As we gear up for the 2024 IPL season, it will indeed be an emotional one for Karthik, his fans, and the cricketing fraternity as a whole. His contribution to the IPL and Indian cricket will always be remembered.

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