Dinesh Karthik, who has been a prolific run-scorer for Tamil Nadu within the home circuit, has by no means been picked by the Chennai Super Kings and as per the KKR skipper, when the names had been picked on the first auctions, he acquired a huge shock when he was not snapped up the franchise from his house state.
Speaking on a Cricbuzz chat present with Harsha Bhogle, Karthik stated CSK not selecting him was like a “dagger to his heart”. Karthik has performed for as many as six franchises within the IPL, however by no means for the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
“In 2008, I was in Australia, in the lead up the auctions, Dinesh Karthik, the person was convinced that he was the biggest name from Tamil Nadu cricket to have played for the country. For sure, they (CSK) are going to pick me. Question is whether or not they are going to make me the captain or not, it was all going on in my head,” he stated throughout the dialog.
“The first name I saw picked (by CSK in the first IPL auction) was MS Dhoni, for 1.5 million. He was sitting right down the corner from me. He didn’t even tell me a word that he was going to be picked by CSK. I guess he didn’t know, but that was the biggest dagger to my heart,” Karthik stated.
“Then I thought they’re going to pick me later. But it’s been 13 years and I’m still waiting for the elusive call from CSK,” the wicket-keeper batsman stated.