IPL 2022 playoffs – Shoaib Akhtar hails Dinesh Karthik for making stellar comeback after personal setbacks

Former Pakistan player Shoaib Akhtar has heaped praise on Dinesh Karthik for overcoming his “personal setbacks” and not letting them affect his ticketing career. Without going into details, the 46-year-old said that, after reading about the batter’s story, he appreciated the beater of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Karthik recently returned to India’s T20I team in the home series against South Africa after an stellar 2022 IPL season. The 36-year-old has been assigned the finish line by RCB for the season and has played some incredible cameos at the time of his death.

The veteran tennis player is expected to have plenty of talk when RCB takes on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022 Qualifiers at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

While discussing the above match SportskeedaAkhtar praises Karthik and declares:

“I usually avoid talking about people’s personal lives. What I mean here is that he suffered some setbacks in his personal life, but he came back really well after that. I’ve been following his personal life and reading quite a bit about it. And I really like the way he’s back. I would say do well with him. This is what attitude is all about.”

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Despite the failed first marriage, Karthik remained focused on cricket. Currently, he is happily married to famous squash player Dipika Pallikal. The couple became parents to a set of twins last year.


“Dinesh Karthik is a player of my time” – Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar also praised the experienced hitter for his longevity in the match, pointing out that he played when Karthik entered international cricket.

Sharing his thoughts on the RCB player’s return to the Indian team, Akhtar said:

“It was a big deal. Dinesh Karthik is a player of my era. He’s really fit and healthy. Good things happen to good people. It’s great to see how he’s back in the Indian team. My best wishes are with him.”

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Karthik made his international debut in 2004, seven years before Akhtar played his last game for Pakistan. For starters, cricketer Tamil Nadu has represented India in 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is.


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