Dinesh Karthik Named RCB Men's Team Batting Coach and Mentor


Dinesh Karthik Named RCB Men's Team Batting Coach and Mentor
Former India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has joined Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as the new batting coach and team mentor, just a month after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket. The announcement was made on Monday and marks a new chapter in Karthik’s illustrious cricketing career.
“Welcome our keeper in every sense, Dinesh Karthik back into RCB in an all-new avatar. DK will be the batting coach and mentor of RCB Men’s team”, RCB announced on X (formerly Twitter).
Karthik, who played 257 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and amassed 4,842 runs at an average of 26.32, has had a distinguished career across various franchises including Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, and RCB. His vast experience and deep understanding of the game are expected to bring significant value to the RCB setup.
“Coaching at a professional level is incredibly exciting for me and is something I’m truly passionate about as a new chapter in my life. Hopefully, the breadth of my experiences as a player can contribute to the development of the group and bring added value”, Karthik said in his statement.
Reflecting on his new role, Karthik emphasized the importance of both technical skills and match intelligence in achieving success. “I believe that cricket success hinges not only on technical proficiency but also on match intelligence and composure. I am eager to coach and mentor our batting group, helping them to not only refine their method but also to develop the keen match awareness needed to excel under pressure. It’s also great that I can continue my association with RCB as the franchise continues to move from strength to strength”, he added.
Karthik announced his retirement from competitive cricket through a heartfelt social media post. “Having given it plenty of thought for some time now, I have decided to move on from playing competitive cricket. I officially announce my retirement and put my playing days behind me as I square up for the new challenges that lie ahead”, he wrote. In his statement, he expressed gratitude to his coaches, captains, selectors, teammates, and support staff, acknowledging the role they played in his cricketing journey. “Among the millions that play the sport in our country, I consider myself among the lucky few to have had the chance to represent the nation”, Karthik noted.
Karthik's international career includes scoring 1,792 runs in 94 ODI matches, featuring nine half-centuries. In Tests, he accumulated 1,025 runs from 42 innings, including a century against Bangladesh. His T20I record stands at 686 runs in 60 games.