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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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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

With a resounding victory in the third T20, the Indian team won the T20 series against New Zealand 2-1. India’s captain Hardik Pandya was awarded the title of Player of the Series. After the historic 168-run victory in the third T20, Hardik said that his role in the team is now the same as MS Dhoni had.

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play. Pandya further added that at that time, he was young and was hitting shots all around the ground. But now since Dhoni has left the team, suddenly that responsibility has come on him to play the finisher and he has no objection to it. “We are getting results, if I have to play a little slow then there is no point in that too,” added Pandya.

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For the unversed, in the third T20 match, while batting, Hardik played an inning of 30 runs in 17 balls, while bowling, he was successful in taking 4 wickets. Hardik showed a great game in the whole series. Under the captaincy of Hardik, India has succeeded in winning the fourth consecutive T20 series. Captain Hardik in T20, has led Men In Blue in 12 matches and has won 8 of India’s matches.

Moreover, reports even suggest that BCCI and the selectors are all set to announce Hardik Pandya as the regular T20 captain, as they want senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit to focus on longer formats and add youngsters in the T20 format.

And with this finally India will have split captaincy after a lot written and said about the same. While Virat Kohli wanted to leave the T20 format captain and continue with ODIs and Tests, the then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was not much in favour and Kohli was ousted from ODI captaincy. Later he himself left the Test captaincy too.

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IND vs NZ: Suryakumar Yadav’s unbelievable catch at the slip is still trending, here’s why | Watch

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

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The Indian Cricket team’s stellar performance against New Zealand in the deciding match of the T20I had the fans full of the praises for the blues. Team India’s star batter and vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav diving catch became a sight for the fans as the Blue’s batter diving catch stunned the fans and caught Kiwi’s Finn Allen.

The video of the catch was also tweeted by BCCI’s Twitter handle which praised the cricketer on the catch as it said ‘what a catch’. All rounder Hardik Pandya’s high paced bowling led to Kiwi opener Finn Allen on the back foot as Suryakumar Yadav chimed in to assist in dismissing the Kiwi batsman.

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

The Blue’s performance wasn’t only limited to Suryakumar Yadav’s catch, but also extended to Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandiya’s stellar partnership which inspired the team’s win against New Zealand in the last match of the T20 series.

Shubman Gill’s maiden century also made him the highest run scorer in T20 history for the Indian team.

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Twitter reactions

After the video of the catch by Suryakumar Yadav surfaced on social media, many fans came forward to applaud Suryakumar Yadav’s catch as one user wrote and said that it wasn’t a flying bird, but Surya Kumar who caught the ball. The user also wrote and said that it has been a great match for the Indian team as they got the wickets, runs, catches. The user also hoped for the Indian team to continue the golden run.

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Another user wrote and said that this is the reason why fitness became an important part of cricket, attributing the stunning catch by Suryakumar Yadav to his fitness and implying the importance of fitness in the Indian Cricket team.

One user wrote and said that Suryakumar Yadav during his fielding, adds another charm to the game and praised the cricketer for his excellent catching in all three dismissals.

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Virat Kohli hails Shubman Gill for breaking his T20I record, calls him the future of Indian cricket

In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes.

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The Indian team defeated New Zealand by a huge margin of 168 runs in the third T20 match. With this, Team India won the series 2-1. In the third T20 match, young star batsman Shubman Gill hit a stormy century and it was because of him that Team India was successful in registering victory, putting forth a huge total.

Gill registered many big records in his name as soon as he scored a century and left behind a legendary batsman like Virat Kohli and Suresh Sharma. In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Because of Gill’s century, Team India was able to score a mountain like total of 234 runs against Black Caps.

Gill Joins the list of giants

Shubman Gill has become the fifth batsman for India to score a century in all three formats. Before him, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have put in all three formats for India. Gill has scored Test century against Bangladesh, ODI century against Sri Lanka and T20 century against New Zealand.

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Leaves Virat Kohli behind

Shubman Gill has left behind superstar batsman Virat Kohli as soon as he played an inning of 126 runs against New Zealand. Gill has now become the best scorer for India in T20 cricket. In Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli played an inning of 122 runs against Afghanistan. Now Shubman Gill has become the new king in T20 cricket.

Kohli Congratulated the star batsman

Former skipper Virat Kohli congratulated Shubman Gill on his magical innings and took to his Instagram to share a story too. Kohli posted a picture of him hugging Gill after he had scored his first ODI century against Sri Lanka and wrote, “Sitara, the future is here.”

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