- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been linked with Chennai Super Kings from the first season
- Dinesh Karthik was picked in the Delhi Daredevils in the first season
- Karthik is currently the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders team.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most successful captains of IPL
Indian wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that he felt that the Chennai Super Kings team would pick him for the first season of the Indian Premier League.
Karthik said he was almost confident that the Chennai team would choose him as he was the ‘greatest name from Tamil Nadu’ at the time. But that could not happen as Chennai added Mahendra Singh Dhoni to their team at a record price and did not even bid for Karthik.
Karthik told our colleague Cricbuzz, ‘It is 2008. I was in Australia and the auction was going on. At that time I used to think that since I am the biggest name from Tamil Nadu and playing for the country, then they (Chennai Super Kings) will definitely choose me. The question is whether he will make me captain or not … That was what was going on in my mind at the time. And he first chose Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni). Paying 1.5 million dollars and he was sitting with me. And they did not even tell me that the Chennai team would choose them.
Karthik vs Dhoni IPL record *
|The match||Run||Highest||Average||strike rate||100||50||4s||6s||Catch||Stump|
|Dinesh Karthik||182||3654||97 *||27.06||129.80||0||18||357||101||109||30|
|Mahendra Singh Dhoni||190||4432||84 *||42.20||137.85||0||23||297||209||98||38|
He said, ‘He might not even know but I was shocked by this. Then I thought that he would probably choose me later. This thing has been 13 years and I am still waiting for that never coming phone from Chennai.
Karthik has represented many teams in the IPL. He is playing for the Delhi Daredevils – now Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, and now Kolkata Knight Riders, where he captained the team last season. I reached the play-offs.
On the other hand, if he talks about Dhoni, he has won the trophy to Chennai three times. Only Mumbai Indians have won the trophy four times, more than them. All the editions the Chennai team participated in under his captaincy have reached the IPL playoffs every time.
* Data from the official IPL website