Sporting Families- Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal

In India the general tradition followed is that the occupation or job that the father does, the child is most probable to continue the same path and follow his footsteps.
In this series we look upon some pairs, maybe brothers, father- child pair or husband- wife pair who has contributed to the field of sports.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik is a wicket keeper- batsman who currently plays for Team India and is also the captain of the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. His early days saw him represent Team India in the 2004 U19 Cricket World Cup as a wicket-keeper. He made his senior team debut in late 2004 in Tests as well as ODIs.
He has been a regular member of the Indian Team since then and has decent performances as a batsman. His important role of wicket-keeping was taken over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who proved to be better than him with the glove work.
Once regarded as a specialist opening batsman, now he bats in the middle order and has earned the tag of a finisher.

His magnificent catch in 2007 T20 World Cup against South Africa was highly appreciated and MS Dhoni felt confidence in him and allowed Dinesh Karthik to keep the wickets while Dhoni fielded for some time.

His greatest performance was against Bangladesh in 2018 Nidhas Trophy Final against Bangladesh where he scored 29 of just 8 balls hitting a six of the last ball and winning probably one of the most thrilling finals ever played.


Dipika Pallikal

Dipika Pallikal is an international Squash player who is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings. Dipika Pallikal played her first international tournament in London when she was in her sixth grade, and won several tournaments on the European Junior Squash Circuit.
Dipika’s mother represented India in Women’s National Team. So the sporting attitude was in her blood itself.

Dipika Pallikal Career Medals

  • Gold Medal – 2014 Commonwealth Games – Women’s Doubles
  • Silver Medal – 2018 Commonwealth Games – Women’s Doubles
  • Silver Medal – 2018 Commonwealth Games – Mixed Doubles
  • Silver Medal – 2014 Asian Games – Women’s Team
  • Bronze Medal – 2014 Asian Games – Women’s Singles
  • Bronze Medal – 2018 Asian Games – Women’s Singles

She has a total 11 titles out of 17 finals she has reached. Her highest ranking was 10 in December 2012.

She was the one who fought for the inequality in prize money where the women’s championship winner was awarded only 40% of the prize money of the men’s championship winner.

She was awarded with Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri Award in 2014.

Dipika Pallikal (India) defeated Jaclyn Hawkes (New Zealand) in the women's semifinals 06 (cropped).jpg

Photo:: Wikipedia

The Beautiful Bonding

Dinesh and Dipika met each other first at fitness sessions as they took training from the same coach. From that the friendship between the both started to flourish.

Dipika disliked cricket as a sport as it reduced the importance which should be given to other sports and its players.

Both took efforts for each other as Karthik visited Canada after Dipika won a major tournament there and Dipika was started getting noticed frequently at the IPL matches supporting Karthik and his team.

On 15th November 2013, the couple got engaged and finally on 18 August 2015 and 20 August 2015 they got married according to Christian and Hindu rituals.

They both have contributed brilliantly in their respective games for the nation and are one of the most iconic couples of this generation.

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