One of the most consistent wicketkeeper-batsmen in Indian domestic cricket, Dinesh Karthik talks about his inspiration, fitness fundas, personal style and his fiancee, squash player, Dipika Pallikal.
If you weren’t a cricketer you would have been...
A run-of-the-mill engineer.
What has been the biggest inspiration for you to play the sport?
I wanted to play for the country at least once.
Any other sport you love to play or watch?
Tennis. I quite enjoy playing that.
Your favourite cricket ground.
Lord’s. I love playing there. It’s the home of cricket and a beautiful ground to play on.
What is your personal style like?
Whatever I am comfortable in. As far as my playing style is concerned, it’s about playing the sport in the right spirit. I love making friends after the game is over.
What would you be most embarrassed to reveal: your Facebook account, Twitter posts or WhatsApp?
My Facebook account – I’m very bad with it. And I hardly use it.
What are you most comfortable wearing?
A pair of shorts.
After a long day, what do you love to gorge on?
Anything. I know that I have good metabolism, so I can easily eat anything.
What is the best thing about your fiancée Dipika Pallikal?
She is very simple and elegant. And we complement and understand each other very well.
The most expensive thing that you’ve bought for Dipika.
I just bought her a love band.
Three grooming products you can’t do without.
Hair styling wax that I always carry with me. My cologne and also my facewash, as I am very particular about hygiene and cleanliness.
The craziest thing that you’ve done.
I want to do a few crazy things like skydiving and bungee jumping. I am quite an adventure junkie.
One thing that you can never eat.
I can eat a variety of meats but I won’t have dog meat.
Three things you would want if you were stranded on an island.
Someone to talk to, probably Dipika, some food and a blanket.
A body part you would want to get insured.
My arm. I have already got injured once and would definitely want to safeguard it.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
To be grateful. Sometimes you are so busy you forget to appreciate what you have.
Your fitness fundas.
I work out only with my trainer. And I make sure to do a lot of power training. For me, fitness is more about being on the ground rather than being in a gym.
How do you destress?
By spending time at home.
From HT Brunch, November 30
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