Dinesh Karthik on Sunday completed 100 dismissals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, during the clash between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Karthik has become the first wicketkeeper in the history of IPL to claim 100 dismissals. With GL — placed at the bottom of the IPL 2017 Points Table — needing an inspirational start, Karthik provided a fitting start when he teamed up with Nathu Singh to dismiss Manan Vohra. Karthik took a splendid diving catch on his right to collect the ball inches above the ground, helping the hosts start on a good note in the Match No. 26 of IPL 10. Full Cricket Scorecard, Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Match 26
Karthik has been an integral part of GL, which made its IPL debut in the last edition. He has established himself as a vital cog in a star-studded batting line-up. Despite the presence of the likes of Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith and even Jason Roy (this season), Karthik has been able to establish himself as their middle order mainstay. Before the start of IPL 2017, Karthik had played as many as 16 matches for Gujarat Lions. In the last edition, he had scored 335 runs and so far in IPL 10, he has scored 172 runs in 6 matches. Even though Karthik has not been able to score a half-century yet, he has the highest score of 48 not out. He has been a contributor behind the stumps as well, with 74 catches and 26 stumpings.
The 31-year-old, Karthik, has played for several other teams such as Delhi Daredevils (DD), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians (MI) and KXIP apart from his current franchise GL.