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Do you know the story of Dinesh Karthik’s lucky charm? Know how his life changed after 2015

After being betrayed by his first wife, RCB’s star player Dinesh Karthik found his lucky charm in 2015, when he married the international squash player Dipika Pallikal.

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The current best finisher of Indian cricket, Dinesh Karthik has finally found his correct place. The wicket keeper-batsman had an in and out relation with the Indian team. Ever since MS Dhoni made his debut in international cricket, BCCI’s hunt for Rahul Dravid successor came to an end but other wicket-keepers lost their position in the team. But after facing sever struggles and taking a short break from cricket, Dinesh Karthik made a comeback worth remembering.

And on his 37th birthday, let us tell you the time when Dinesh Karthik’s worst nightmare came true. Currently, the world might be applauding the cricketer for his form but there was a time when his entire world came down. Dinesh Karthik who made his debut in Indian cricket team at the age of 22 years in 2004, married his childhood best friend Nikita Vanjara in 2007.

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However, it was not a love marriage. Nikita and Dinesh’s father were friend and just like old Bollywood movie they decided to turn their friendship into something more. But fate had something else stored for them. Dinesh Karthik had to divorce his wife after she cheated on him with his best friend Murli Vijay. They were official separated in 2007, when she was pregnant with Vijay’s child.

Having betrayed so badly, the cricketer was devastated and even fell out of form for a while. However, being blessed with a real good friend, cricketer Abhishek Nayar, who held DK get back in form. Nayar travelled with DK and both sweated in gym-ground and won back their place in the Indian squad. Dinesh had a good run in the ODI as well and Indian Premiere League but his life turned upside down once again, but this time for the right reasons.

After being single for too long Dinesh Karthik got attracted to Indian Squad player Dipika Pallikal, who became his lucky charm. For those who don’t know Dipika Pallikal is the first Indian to break into the top 10 of World squash ranking (PSA). She also won the prestigious Arjuna Award at the age of 21 and later she also received the Padma Shree Award in 2014. She also scripted history by winning India’s first-ever gold at the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal used to train at the same gym however they never collided because the squash player likes to train early in the morning at 6. Dinesh chased Dipika for a while until she eventually agreed to meet him only once, as Dipika never liked cricketer as she believed that they take away all the limelight from other sports as well.

But She did find Dinesh interesting and ended up talking to him for four hours in the first meet. Later the same year, they got engaged and later in 2015, they got married in just the presence of their families and friends.

Ever since Karthik has also improved his game a lot. The couple also owns a luxurious house in Chennai and are neighbour to South superstar Rajnikanth. And this year Dinesh Karthik was again bought by RCB for 5.5 crores. DK was at his best and came like a storm by giving jitters to death overs bowlers in IPL 2022. He was not out for 10 times in 16 innings and was one of the major reasons why RCB could qualify for the play-offs.

The couple were blessed with twins, Kabir and Zain in October 2021 and in just six months of their birth, Dipika made a comeback in international squash and once again scripted history by winning the gold medal in 2012. However, sadly after achieving so much the athlete is only known as the wife of cricketer Dinesh Karthik.  

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IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler reveals he would love to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic

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Ahead of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) match at Mullanpur on Saturday, teammates Jos Buttler and Trent Boult discussed some of their favorite TV series, actors they would like to play their characters in a biopic, and some cricketing and Indian Premier League (IPL) favorites.

At Mullanpur on Saturday, RR and PBKS will square off. With four wins, one loss, and a winning run snapped by Gujarat Titans (GT), RR is leading at the pointstable. With 2 wins and 3 losses, PBKS is placed at the 8th position on the points table. They lost their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

During an entertaining pre-game Q&A session, Buttler revealed the name of the Bollywood actor he would want to see play his character in a biopic. He said he want to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic.

When the Kiwi bowler was asked by the English wicketkeeper-batter what he had most recently looked up on his phone, Boult responded with a funny response, Trent Boult dismissing Jos Buttler.  

In response to a question concerning his most bizarre fan encounter, Boult said that Indian supporters go bonkers over their favorite players.

It is just selfies, waves and blowing kisses, which is weird, he said.

During the session, when questioned about one television program he could binge-watch forever, Buttler said Friends, a famous American sitcom from the 1990s that starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, the late Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, would be his choice.

Trent Boult also revealed that his favorite Indian player is right-hander KL Rahul, who is presently playing for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in theIPL. When questioned who player had the finest cover drive, Buttler took Virat Kohli’s name.

Boult was also asked during the session that what he what he would be if he was not a cricketer to which he responded, if he weren’t a cricketer, he would work as a postman.

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Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant becomes third-youngest player to reach 3000-run mark in IPL

Rishabh Pant-led team moved at 9th position after registering their win over LSG.

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The Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant reached an incredible milestone on Friday as he became the third-youngest player to reach 3,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In his team’s second win of the year over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the left-hander smashed an incredible 41 runs off of 24 balls. The 2020 runners-up also moved up from the bottom of the rankings to the ninth slot with this win.

With the final delivery of the 12th over, Pant reached the milestone when he hit Marcus Stoinis for a four. He showcased an impressive range of shots, such as his leg play and scoops over third man. After Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, the skipper of DC was the third-youngest player to surpass 30,000 runs.

Surprisingly, among the 25 batters who have scored more than 3,000 runs, he has the third-highest strike rate (148.4), just behind AB De Villiers (151.68) and Chris Gayle (148.96).

After Kuldeep Yadav returned, the DC bowlers did a fantastic job of destroying the LSG batting lineup at 94/7 with three wickets taken. But teenager Ayush Badoni’s bravery, who scored 55 off 35 deliveries, helped the Super Giants put up a respectable 167/7 total on the board.

The DC batters took over at that point and led this run-chase without any problem. In the seventh over, having lost both of their openers at 63 runs, debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk teamed up with Rishabh Pant to register his first-ever IPL half-century. Fraser-McGurk hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in his 55 runs for 35 balls. Meanwhile, KL Rahul stumped Rishabh Pant off a delivery from Ravi Bishnoi as he was very close to his half-century at 41.

However, the duo had contributed to making sure DC would easily meet the target; they also became the first team to beat Lucknow this year by successfully chasing a total of more than 160 runs.

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Gujarat Titans share glimpse of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, video goes viral

Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan. Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets

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The Gujarat Titans team’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations took place with a grand Dawat on Thursday.  The former IPL champions will face Delhi Capitals on April 17. During the ongoing break, Gujarat Titans took their official Instagram handle has shared a video of the team’s Eid celebrations. The video shows GT skipper Shubman Gill going towards the food buffet. Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan.

Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets. The video was captioned and that’s how our titans celebrated Eid. The Gujarat Titans Eid celebrations doubled after the team won the match against Rajasthan Royals.

The Gujarat Titans were playing at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium on April 10 and were up against an undefeated Rajasthan Royals team. The previous season’s finalists bowled first and found the early wickets of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. But Sanju Samson forged an important partnership with Riyan Parag and the two of them took their team to a respectable total of 196.

Rashid Khan bowled a disciplined line and length and was very economical as he only gave 18 runs and also took 1 wicket during his spell of 4 overs. Shubman Gill led the chase for Gujarat Titans scoring 72 runs in 44 deliveries. Gill took up the role as skipper after Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians.

Gill’s journey as Gujarat Titans captain started well as GT beat MI in their tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At the present moment GT has played a total of six games with three wins and as many defeats. They will be eyeing their fourth victory against a Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team in their next match. As for Pandya’s switch to the Mumbai Indians, the former Gujarat Titans captain is slowly taking control of his team.

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