Dinesh Karthik Reveals How it Feels When CSK Roped Dhoni in 2008
Dinesh Karthik Reveals How it Feels When CSK Roped Dhoni in 2008

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings to 8 finals out of the 10 seasons they have played in the Indian Premier League.

MS Dhoni has several IPL records to his name.

In April 2019, MS Dhoni became the 1st captain to win 100 matches in the Indian Premier League when he led Chennai Super Kings to a 4-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. During a thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore, MS Dhoni became the 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League. He hit 7 sixes in a career-best 84 not out off 48 balls but Chennai Super Kings lost the game by 1 run.

Recalling the heartbreaking story from 2008, the wicketkeeper-batsman said it’s been 13 years and he is still waiting for a call from Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Karthik believed he would be CSK’s first pick as he was a big name already and was playing for the national side.

“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.

Dinesh Karthik debuted in ODI and Test before MSD. He played in IPL with the following teams:

2008–2010 ; 2014 Delhi Daredevils

2011 Kings XI Punjab

2012–2013 Mumbai Indians

2015 Royal Challengers Bangalore

2016–2017 Gujarat Lions

2018–present Kolkata Knight Riders

Average in successful chases

MS Dhoni

In successful chases since 2015, Dhoni has played in 52 matches and has scored runs at a splendid average of 91.50.

Dinesh Karthik

In successful chases since 2015, Karthik has scored runs at an out-of-the-world average of 272 runs.

Not out percentage

MS Dhoni

Dhoni has a not out percentage of 25.7% in the 70 innings he has played since 2015.

Dinesh Karthik

Karthik has a not out percentage of 47% in the 17 innings he has played since 2015

Stability provided

MS Dhoni

Dhoni has scored three half-centuries in 12 innings. He has scored 50-plus scores in 25% of the innings he has batted in at number 4.

Dinesh Karthik

Karthik has scored three half-centuries in 9 innings. He has scored 50-plus scores in 33% of the innings he has batted in at number 4.

Average at number 4

MS Dhoni

Dhoni has an average of 40.72 while batting at number 4 since 2015.

Dinesh Karthik

Karthik has an average of 52.80 while batting at number 4 since 2015.

Most dismissals by wicket-keeper in IPL History

PlayerTeamSpanDisMatCatStumps
MS DhoniCSK, RPS2008-20191321909438
Dinesh KarthikDD, KXIP, MI, GL2008-201913118210130
Robin UthappaRCB, PWI, MI, KKR2008-2019901715832
Parthiv PatelCSK, KTK, DC, SRH, MI,RCB2008-2019821376616
Naman OjhaRR, DD, SRH2009-2018751136510
WP SahaCSK, KKR, KXIP,SRH2008-2018741205519
Adam GilchristDC, KXIP2008-201367805116
Kumar SangakkaraKXIP, DC, SRH2008-20134371349
RR PantDD, DC2016-201941543011
Q de KockDD, MI, RCB, SRH2013-20193650288
SV SamsonRR, DD2013-20192862244
KL RahulKXIP, RCB, SRH2013-20192760225
MS BislaKXIP, KKR2010-20142439177
KM JadhavDD, KTK, RCB2010-20192365167
SP GoswamiKKR,RR,RCB,SRH2008-20182229157