Sports Sphere

          SUNDAY, June 9, 2013 

Born on June 1, 1985, Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik is a wicketkeeper-batsman who made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods since then, including a stint in 2007 as a specialist opening batsman and non-wicket-keeper. Karthik was a batsman in his junior career, but turned to wicket-keeping in order to improve his future prospects. Throughout his career, Karthik has been criticized for unreliable glove-work symptomatic of a non-specialist wicket-keeper.
Rising through the junior ranks, Karthik made his first-class debut in late-2002 for Tamil Nadu as a 17-year-old, and was dropped in his first season despite his healthy run-scoring because of his problematic glovework. He fought his way back into the team and after playing for India at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, made his ODI and Test cricket debut in late-2004. This came after India had struggled to find a reliable glove-work in the past few years.
Karthik was the regular wicket-keeper in Tests, making rare appearances in ODIs. During this period, Karthik struggled and averaged less than 20 with the bat, and he was replaced as Test wicketkeeper by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had been prolific and destructive with the bat in ODIs, in late-2005. After donning the mantle of an opener for Tamil Nadu and raising himself to the standard of a specialist batsman at domestic level, he was recalled to the national squad as a batsman in late-2006 after injuries and form slumps hit other batsmen, playing occasional matches in both forms of cricket on the tour to South Africa, and scoring a helf-century in a Test as an opener. Following India’s elimination from the first round of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the selectors made multiple changes, and Karthik became a non-wicket-keeping opening batsman in the Test team and regularly played ODIs, batting in the middle order.

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Questions of this week:
1.     Who won the inaugural match of the ongoing CLT20 Championship?
2.     For which team Sanju Samson played in Indian Premier League Season-6?
3.     By How many wickets Pakistan lost its first match of CLT20 against West Indies?
4.     Which team is the first to reach finals of Salute and Tribute T20 Cricket Tournament?
5.     Who is Varun Aaron?
Answers of the last week:
1. NCC 2. Delhi Daredevils  3. 23 runs  4. Vikas  5. Left-arm spinner who plays for KKR in IPL.
The best entry of this week was received from Tushar Mahajan of H No 55, Lower Laxmi Nagar, Sarwal, Jammu
The other entries of the week were from Sanjay Dhar from Lane No 1, H No 3, Upper Laxmi Nagar, Jammu, Mohammad Irfan, Ramzanpura Janipur, Aryan Koul from Gole Gujral, Jammu, Aniket Gupta, Jammu and Arun Sharma, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.