Dinesh Karthik's age, wife, age, stats, children, net worth

Dinesh Karthik's age, wife, age, stats, children, net worth

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM

The Tamil Nadu batsman/wicketkeeper has shown immense abilities and leadership skills throughout his career. Very few players of Dinesh Karthik's age have achieved what he has in cricket. Although he is a famous figure, some people still do not understand his life history, family, stats, and net worth.

Dinesh Karthik's age
India's Dinesh Karthik walks off the pitch after being caught by Ricardo Vasconcelos of Northamptonshire during their T20 Tour match at The County Ground on 3 July 2022 in England. Photo: David Rogers
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Dinesh started playing cricket at age 10 and became one of India's top talents. He plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Details about him are documented in this article.

Dinesh Karthik's profile

Full name

Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik



Date of Birth

1 June 1985


37 (as of September 2022)

Place of birth

Tiruchendur, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India








1.7 m


65 kg


Carmel School, Don Bosco Matriculation, Egmore, Chennai


Professional cricketer


Batman, wicketkeeper (Right-handed)


Royal Challengers Bangalore, India national cricket team


Indian Premier League IPL


Padmini Krishnakumar, Krishna Kumar




Nikita Vijay (2007-2012), Dipika Pallikal (2015-date)


Kabir Pallikal Karthik, Zian Pallikal Karthi

Annual salary

$1.1 million

Net worth

$12 million

Social media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Who is the father of Dinesh Karthik?

DK's father is called Krishna Kumar. He worked as a systems analyst and often supported his son in pursuing his cricket career. Karthik's mother, Padmini Krishnakumar, worked in ONGC. The veteran batsman was brought up alongside his younger brother Vinesh. Karthik's family shifted to Qatar before returning to India.

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Krishna Kumar used to play first-class cricket for Chennai, but his parents prevented him from becoming a professional player. However, he supported his son in pursuing his dream by giving him tough cricket training.

Dinesh Karthik's height

Dinesh Karthik's height
D. Karthik pictured before the second One Day International between England and Sri Lanka at The Kia Oval on 1st July 2021, in London, England. Photo: Philip Brown
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Dinesh stands at 1.70 m or 5' 7" tall and weighs 65 kg. He has black eyes and black hair. Some of his body measurements include:

  • Chest - 38 inches
  • Waist - 30 inches
  • Biceps - 14 inches

Is Dinesh Karthik married?

DK is married to India's top squash player Deepika Pallikal (Dipika Pallikal). The two tied the knot in 2015. Dinesh Karthik's wife is a professional squash player. She is the first Indian to reach the top 10 in the PSA Women's rankings.

Pallikal is Dinesh Karthik's second wife after the star cricketer divorced his first wife and childhood friend, Nikita Vanjara. They exchanged their wedding vows in 2007 but parted ways in 2012.

What happened to Dinesh Karthik's ex-wife?

Nikita reportedly had an affair with Murali Vijay, Karthik's teammate in the Indian team. Vijay and Nikita later got married and are now parents to three children.

Dinesh Karthik's children

DK does not have a kid with his ex-wife but has two twin baby boys with Pallikal. The kids, Kabir and Zian, were born in 2021. Pallikal has an official Instagram account with about 513K followers, where he has posted a couple of Dinesh Karthik's photos of their children. You can also access pictures of the family on Dinesh Karthik's Instagram, which has over 2.1 million followers.

Dinesh Karthik's cricket career

The veteran wicketkeeper began his early career playing for Tamil Nadu's under-14 in 1999. Then, he rose through the ranks playing for the under-16 and under-19 sides. In 2002, he made his senior team debut for Tamil Nadu against Baroda. He was also selected in the Indian under-19 World Cup squad in 2004.

While with the under-19 side, DK got selected for the Indian national team. He replaced the injured wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel during the team's tour of England. Dinesh made his ODI debut for India on 5 September 2004 at Lord's ground. He performed well despite scoring just one run.

DK also made his Test debut against Australia on 3 November 2004 and T201's debut on 1 December 2004 against South Africa. His great performance made him a regular player for India before dipping in form and losing his spot.

The batsman played his last ODI on 9 July 2019, against New Zealand and the last T20I match on 31 August 2022 against Hong Kong. However, he was recently included in Team India's T20 home matches against South Africa in 2022.

Indian Premier League (IPL)

Dinesh made his IPL debut in 2008, playing for the Delhi Daredevils. He has also played for the Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Gujarat Lions, and Kolkata Knight Riders. He is considered among the fastest players in the league's history.

RCB bought Karthik for around $690k in the IPL mega auction ahead of the 2022 IPL season. He helped the team reach the semi-final of the IPL.

Dinesh Karthik's stats

DK's numbers speak volumes of his amazing talent and skills. He remains a key player in the sport despite his age.




Not Out


Highest Innings







129 vs BAN







79 vs SA


World Cup





8 vs BAN







55 vs SA


Champions League





74 vs CSK







97 vs RR


Dinesh Karthik's jersey number

The Tamil Nadu cricketer wears jersey number 21 as a tribute to his wife's date of birth. Pallikal was born on 21 September 1991.

Is Dinesh Karthik rich?

Dinesh Karthik's net worth is around $12 million, which he has earned from his cricket career. Meanwhile, he takes home an annual salary of about $1.1 million. As a result, DK also ranks among the top 15 wealthiest cricket stars in India.

Cricket pundit

Dinesh Karthik's photos
Sky Sports pundit and former India batsman Dinesh Karthik before day one of the First Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on 4th August 2021, in Nottingham, England. Photo: Visionhaus
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The former Indian batsman also began a new career as a cricket pundit. He joined English broadcaster Sky Sports in 2021 and was named the UK's favourite commentator of 2021. Dinesh is still actively playing in the IPL despite being a pundit.

House and cars

Dinesh has a home in Chennai, where he stays with his family. Besides, he has a stunning Porsche Cayman S car worth around $148k.

Dinesh Karthik's age may concern many fans, but he has proved he can still play for the Indian cricket team. His remarkable performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 IPL season is a testimony of his capabilities.

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