On Tuesday, the cricketing world flocked to Twitter to greet India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik his 36th birthday, but it was former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh who stole the cake with possibly the greatest and by far the most humorous wish.
Yuvraj, who is renowned for making funny wishes for former and current cricketers, has advised Karthik to be “less hyper” this year. Yuvraj was maybe referring to Karthik’s wealth of energy. With the gloves in hand, the former KKR captain is a live fire on the field, and when batting, he frequently wanders about the wicket, plays with his gloves, and attempts to disturb the bowlers in his distinct style.
“Happy birthday @DineshKarthik god bless buddy! Be less hyper this year,” wrote Yuvraj.
Happy birthday @DineshKarthik god bless buddy ! Be less hyper this year 🤪🧟♀️ 🎂 🎉
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 1, 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India sent a nice greeting on Karthik’s birthday, highlighting the right-hander’s performance in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
2⃣0⃣0⃣7⃣ ICC World T20-winner 🏆
2⃣0⃣1⃣3⃣ ICC Champions Trophy-winner 🏆
1⃣5⃣2⃣ intl. games & 3⃣1⃣7⃣6⃣ intl. runs 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 1, 2021
The Kolkata Knight Riders, an IPL team that Karthik managed for two complete seasons and halfway through the 2020 season before passing over the reins to Eoin Morgan, referred to the veteran campaigner as their “rock and backbone.”
“Our rock, our backbone, the one and only Dee Kay Anna! Happy Birthday, @DineshKarthik! “ wrote KKR.
Our rock, our backbone, the one and only Dee Kay Anna! 💜
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 31, 2021
Five-time IPL winners, Mumbai Indians, which was Karthik’ home earlier in the IPL wrote: “Happy Birthday DK The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 510 runs for us in the 2013 season.”
Happy Birthday DK 🎂
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 1, 2021
Karthik, who has scored 1025 runs in 26 Tests, 1752 runs in 96 One-Day Internationals, and 399 runs in 32 Twenty20 Internationals for India, spent his birthday with his parents. Karthik shared a photo of the same on Twitter.
— DK (@DineshKarthik) June 1, 2021
The Tamil Nadu cricketer is one of just a handful players who have appeared in more than 200 IPL games. Karthik has scored 3946 runs in 203 IPL matches and is one of the most successful keepers in the league, trailing only MS Dhoni.