Dinesh Karthik is also one of the most underrated players in the history of Indian cricket. He debuted in the early 2000s and was supposed to play long for India as a wicket keeper but someone by the name of MS Dhoni into the scene and Dinesh Karthik was forgotten but he has found a resurgence in the past few years. He is now one of the premier commentators in cricket. He has played in 28 Test Matches for India and in those he has scored 1025 runs at an average of 25.00 with 1 hundred. He has also played in 94 ODIs and 60 T20IS and he has made 1752 and 666 runs respectively.
Let’s look at the Top 5 Best Batting Performances of Dinesh Karthik
1) 129 vs Bangladesh (2007)
This was the only hundred that Dinesh Karthik made in his international career and this was his best ever innings. He was batting at the top of the order and he made a brilliant 129 from 212 balls. He had a strike rate of 61 in the innings and he hit 16 fours in this innings meaning a total of 64 runs in boundaries. This was also the innings where the Top 4 batters from India all made Hundreds and India won this match by an innings and 239 Runs. This was a memorable moment in the career of Dinesh Karthik.
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2) 93 vs Pakistan (2005)
This knock of 93 was one of the best innings of Dinesh Karthik under pressure. India were batting in the second innings and they needed a big score. And Dinesh Karthik batting lower down the order made a quick 93 from just 140 balls. He had a good strike rate of 66 and he smashed 13 fours in this innings meaning 52 runs in boundaries. This innings helped India win the match by a whopping 195 runs.
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3) 91 vs England (2007)
This 91 was no less than a 100 at the tough batting conditions at the Oval in 2007. This was an innings of the highest quality. Dinesh Karthik was batting at the top and he took just 150 Balls to make a sublime 91. He had a strike rate of 60 in these conditions and he hit 10 fours and 1 six in this innings meaning 46 runs in boundaries. Dinesh Karthik was having a great time and he was making the most of his great form and this match was a draw.
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4) 79 vs South Africa (2010)
This was the highest score by Dinesh Karthik in ODIs. This came in the same match where Sachin Tendulkar became the first batter in the history of ODI Cricket to hit a 200 in a single innings. Dinesh Karthik showed that day that he is a special player. He only took 85 balls to make 79 runs and he had a strike rate of 93 in this innings. He hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in this innings meaning 34 runs in boundaries. India won this match by 153 Runs and Dinesh Karthik was an important part of history being made.
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5) 64* vs New Zealand (2017)
The last innings in this list is a match winning innings that Dinesh Karthik played late in his career in 2017 against New Zealand. India were In pressure and he stepped up and made 64 not out from 92 balls and he was there till the very end and made sure that India wins the match. He had a strike rate of 70 and he hit just 4 fours meaning 16 runs in boundaries. He knew that he had to be there till the end and India won this match by 6 Wickets.
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