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Kohli credits Karthik's mentorship for personal growth during IPL 2022

Reflecting on their conversations, Kohli praised Karthik's wisdom and honesty

Kohli credits Karthik's mentorship for personal growth during IPL 2022 PHOTO: AFP

Dinesh Karthik played a significant role in Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s (RCB) IPL 2024 campaign. 

In a heartfelt tribute on RCB's YouTube channel, various team members and Karthik's wife shared touching memories. Among these tributes, a standout revelation came from Virat Kohli, who highlighted Karthik's profound influence during a challenging period in 2022.

Reflecting on their conversations, Kohli praised Karthik's wisdom and honesty.

"Off the field, I have had some really nice and interesting conversations with him and he is a very wise man. He has great knowledge about a lot of things, not just cricket. I have thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with him. Even in the phase in 2022 when I didn't have a great IPL season and I was really struggling for confidence. He sat me down a couple of times and just gave me a very honest explanation of how he is seeing things and maybe I'm not being able to see them myself," Kohli said.

Kohli valued Karthik’s fearless honesty and his willingness to address difficult topics. 

"So I just like his honesty, his courage to go and speak to anyone about things that he really dearly feels about. That I think is the most special thing for me, when it comes to Dinesh and that's something that I've always cherished about him. That's why we get along really really well," he further added.

It is worth noting that Karthik's crucial role in RCB’s journey to the playoffs in IPL 2024 cannot be overstated. Despite their eventual defeat in the Eliminator, Karthik's performance was stellar, amassing 326 runs across 13 innings with a strike rate of 187.35, including two half-centuries.