Watch: Dinesh Karthik Torn After RCB Bowed Out of IPL 2024, Video Confirms Retirement - Latest Global News

Watch: Dinesh Karthik Torn After RCB Bowed Out of IPL 2024, Video Confirms Retirement

Veteran cricketer Dinesh Karthik played his last match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) lost the Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals. Dinesh Karthik did not officially announce his last participation in the IPL, but the scenes after the match made it clear that he had retired from the IPL.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, May 22. The team led by Faf du Plessis scored a total of 172 runs in 20 overs. RR chased the target with four wickets and six balls remaining.

Watch – Virat Kohli consoles Dinesh Karthik after Eliminator loss

Former RCB captain Virat Kohli walked towards Dinesh Karthik, who was trying to hold back his tears. The RCB players let Karthik lead them off the field. He recently shared his plans to retire after RCB’s campaign in the 2024 IPL season. Karthik has had an emotional journey with the team in the tournament.

Karthik took off his gloves and thanked the fans who stood up to applaud him. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman deserved all the admiration he received from the RCB fans. Throughout his career, he put in impressive batting performances for the Bengaluru franchise in the cash-rich league.

Dinesh Karthik reinvented himself as a finisher and emerged as a match-winner after being picked by RCB. The right-handed batsman scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 183.33 in the 2022 edition of IPL. His remarkable performance earned him a comeback to the Indian T20I team for the World Cup.

The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer previously played for RCB in the 2015 edition. He is among the seven players who have featured in every edition of the IPL since its inception in 2008. He ended his IPL career with 4,842 runs in 257 matches at an average of 26.32 and a strike rate of 135.36, including 22 half-centuries.

The wheels would probably have fallen off – Faf du Plessis

At the post-match press conference, RCB captain Faf du Plessis expressed his pride in the team’s resilience after the disappointing start to the season. Du Plessis praised his teammates for their remarkable fighting spirit in their impressive six-match winning streak.

“We knew we had to get more than the score to challenge them, but on a normal occasion it was a minimum score. I’m extremely proud. For a lot of other teams the wheels would probably have fallen off after one in nine (eight games)” Said Du Plessis.

“It’s a big compliment to the boys for fighting and giving it their all. To come back like that six games in a row takes a lot of heart and character. It’s a sad end – when it goes like this (six wins in a row) you wonder if it’s written in the stars and if it’s something special,” he continued.

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