Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik has got engaged to star squash player Dipika Pallikal as in a private ceremony at a city hotel in Chennai on 29th November. The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman found his match, Pallikal, 22, after both ended up training under the same fitness coach here. After a one-year friendship, both decided to get engaged at the ITC Chola on Friday. Karthik made the Indian team in 2004 and has often been in and out of the side due to inconsistent performances. But, a couple of good season in the domestic circuit coupled with good showing in IPL brought him back in national team, giving him a chance to feature in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 as well as India’s tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year. On the other hand, Pallikal is the first Indian squash woman to break into the top 10 in the world rankings and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful diva in Indian sports circuit. The couple posted a photograph on Twitter soon after their engagement. Karthik and Pallikal have decided to tie the knot sometime in 2015 as both want to concentrate on their respective careers at the moment.
A Twitter photograph of the couple soon after their engagement. After getting a divorce from his first wife Nikita, whom he married in 2007, Karthik decided to focus only on cricket. Both of them enjoyed each other’s company in the course of their fitness sessions and somehow managed to succeed in keeping their affair away from the media glare.