IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik is currently enjoying the glory of a nail-biting Indian win which he was instrumental in the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh. Now, he’s grinding himself up for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League.
Dinesh might have the superior task of leading KKR this season but he has revealed he always dreamt of representing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but now that window is shrinking each passing day.
In a recent interview with the Hindu, Karthik said, “Heart of hearts, I thought I’ll be playing for CSK from the very first year. It’s been 10 years and it has never happened. The dream is getting smaller by the day. I don’t know if I’ll ever play for CSK.”
Karthik, who represents Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit, was born in Chennai and has always dreamt of getting the opportunity to be part of a team based out of the city. However, his focus is now entirely on proving that he’s the right man to captain KKR after Gautam Gambhir left the captaincy position following his return to Delhi Daredevils at the IPL auction in January.
Talking about his leadership goal, Dinesh said, “I have been born and brought up in the city and would have loved to play for the Chennai team. But today, I have got the opportunity to lead an IPL team which is a big honor and I’d like to do justice to that. I think Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Mumbai have very loyal fans.”
Karthik has been a regular feature in the cash-rich IPL in the past decade since 2008 and across the 10 seasons so far has represented Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions almost all the franchises except CSK.
KKR begin their IPL campaign against RCB on April 8 at Eden Gardens.