BATTING FOR TRIUMPH
CULTURAMA|October 2020
One of the enduring names in the Indian cricket team for over 16 years, Dinesh Karthik has proved his worth not just as a senior player but also as the captain for three years of one of the celebrated Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Meera J Pillai caught up with the humble and diligent KKR captain for an exclusive interview about being an Indian cricketer and the IPL
Meera J Pillai

Do you remember the moment you wanted to become a cricketer?

I was about 8 or 9 years old when I saw the 1996 World Cup, where Sachin (Tendulkar) played an amazing innings. After that I was hooked on to the sport.

How do you unwind after a hectic day?

I like badminton and table tennis a lot.

What about squash?

Oh no, I don’t play too much of it. It takes a huge toll on the body. It is one of the toughest sports to play, fitness wise. I just enjoy watching Dipika (Pallikal) play.

Is there a life lesson you have learnt in your travels around the world?

Travelling around the world itself is a life lesson. You go to different places and meet so many people. You get to experience diverse cultures. The perspective you get about life is magnificent when you are out of your comfort zone.

An Indian captain you look up to?

Not anyone in particular. Different people have done different things to take Indian cricket forward, like Rahul Dravid. Even for the little time he was there, he won the series against England. Then M S Dhoni came and took over in a completely different direction. I think all of them have done fabulously.

You are married to a champion athlete. Who would you say is more competitive?

I think Dipika is more competitive. She is a squash player, where you play alone, so the competitiveness is far higher. She is a sore loser as well (laughs) and doesn’t like losing. But in a team sport, you understand the mood swings after a loss and you adapt.

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