Dinesh Karthik / The noise of 'DK-DK' echoed in Ahmedabad, RCB gave a special farewell to Karthik in the last match

Vikrant Shekhawat : May 23, 2024, 10:10 AM
Dinesh Karthik: Once again Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to win the IPL. Bengaluru, which reached the playoffs with 6 consecutive wins, was eliminated by Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator match and sent out of the tournament. With this the journey to Bengaluru also ended. This defeat was a double blow for Bengaluru fans because along with the team, the career of one of its legendary players also ended here. Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik had already declared IPL 2024 as his last season and this match proved to be the last of his IPL career.

As soon as Rovman Powell of Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad sent the last ball of the 19th over for a four, everyone's eyes were on Karthik. This was the last ball of Karthik's IPL career. All the players started shaking hands and hugging each other and then when these formalities were completed, RCB players including Virat Kohli bid farewell to Karthik in a special way. Returning to the dressing room, all the RCB players stepped back and Karthik was allowed to go to the front.

The noise of ‘DK-DK’ echoed in the stadium.

The fans present in the stands stood up and kept clapping and chanting 'DK-DK', while Karthik kept waving at them and saying thanks. During this time, all the players of RCB also kept clapping for this IPL legend and kept respecting him for his brilliant career. Karthik is one of the few players who participated in the tournament every year from the first season of IPL to the 17th season. took. During this period, apart from RCB, he was also a part of teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevil.

Great season, strong career

In his last match, Dinesh Karthik could not do anything special with the bat and was out after scoring only 11 runs in 13 balls. Apart from this, he made one stumping and also took 2 catches. Despite this, in his last season, Karthik gave many memories to the fans forever, in which hardly anyone can forget his astonishing inning of 83 runs in 35 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

This last season of Karthik was very wonderful. He scored 326 runs in 15 matches this year at a stormy strike rate of 187.36, which included 27 fours and 22 sixes. Many of his innings played an important role in taking RCB to the playoffs. Overall, Karthik played 257 matches in 17 seasons and scored 4842 runs, which included 22 half-centuries. Apart from this, he also took 145 catches and 37 stumpings. During this period, he also won the IPL title with Mumbai Indians.