On Monday (26th October) evening, the 35-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik became the fourth Indian cricketer to appear in 300 T20 matches.
During the 46th match of the IPL 2020, Dinesh Karthik reached this personal milestone in T20 career. It was the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah), where Karthik was representing for KKR. Just a few days ago, Karthik stepped down from the captaincy role of this team.
Dinesh Karthik joined in the list of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina
Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are the other Indian cricketers who have already appeared in 300 T20 matches. While Rohit is India’s most-capped T20 player (337 matches), Dhoni (329 matches) and Raina (319 matches) are in the next positions and Karthik just joined in this list.
On the other hand, Indian national cricket team captain Virat Kohli is also very close to appearing in the list of 300 T20 matches among the Indians. Kohli has already appeared in 292 T20 matches as he is just eight T20 matches away to complete his 300 T20 matches. He can be the next Indian to play 300 T20 matches.
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Dinesh Karthik made his T20 debut in December 2006 during India’s first-ever T20 match (against South Africa at Johannesburg on 1st December 2006). Before his 300th T20 match, Karthik scored 5856 runs in T20 career with an average of 27.11 and strike-rate of 132.63. The right-handed batsman has already scored 30 half-centuries, including his best T20 knock 97*.
While Karthik has played 152 international matches, out of these 32 matches are T20Is. Apart from playing 31 T20Is for India, he has also played one T20I for ICC World XI in 2018. The wicket-keeper batsman has scored 399 runs in 32 T20Is (average 33.25; strike-rate 143.52), including his best score 48.