When Yuvraj Singh revealed how Dinesh Karthik irked Sourav Ganguly during 2004 Champions Trophy

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Dinesh Karthik had managed to annoy Sourav Ganguly just days after making his India debut | Courtesy IANS/AP


  • Dinesh Karthik made his debut in India in 2004
  • Sourav Ganguly was the captain of India when Karthik joined the team
  • Karthik made his comeback to the Indian team after three years against South Africa
Dinesh Karthik’s comeback in the Indian team has turned out to be one of the great redemption stories of the year. The wicketkeeper’s batter returned to the national team after three years and hit his first T20I half-century as he won the man of the match award in the fourth game against South Africa helping the Men in Blue balance the series who ended in a draw due to the washout in the last game at Bengaluru.
Despite having seen numerous ups and downs in his career, Karthik has managed to remain an ever-present figure in Indian cricket. While the star of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) this time played under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant, who made his international debut in 2017; it’s worth remembering that the 37-year-old made his own debut in 2004 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly.

It was only days after his debut that Karthik was involved in a hilarious incident that annoyed Ganguly during the 2004 Champions Trophy. Away from the playing XI, the bum came to the center to serve drinks to players. In the end, however, he bumped into skipper Ganguly.

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“I was a substitute in that game and I had to carry drinks to the players. I ran to the players to give them a drink and I accidentally slipped and fell on Dada. He got frustrated and yelled, ‘Where do you get these from?” players from, whose is he?” Karthik said on Breakfast with champions.

Yuvraj Singh went into further detail about the incident, revealing the exact words Ganguly said, showing how much the incident had annoyed him. “dada exact words! Kaun hai re ye pagal ! kahan se pakad ke latien hai. in the middle of india vs pak tense game !”
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Karthik later also played under Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s captaincy for India. He was also part of the squad when now full-time captain Rohit Sharma was appointed stand-in skipper. Incidentally, Ganguly currently chairs the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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