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Murali Kartik
Personal information
Born 11 September 1976 (1976-09-11) (age 33)
Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 226) 24 February 2000 v South Africa
Last Test 20 November 2004 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 144) 16 March 2002 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 18 November 2007 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996/97–present Railways
2005–2006 Lancashire
2007–2009 Middlesex (squad no. 25)
2008–present Kolkata Knight Riders
2010–present Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 8 37 142 166
Runs scored 88 126 2953 612
Batting average 9.77 14.00 19.55 11.12
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/14 0/0
Top score 43 32* 96 44
Balls bowled 1,932 1,907 30742 8521
Wickets 24 37 475 208
Bowling average 34.16 43.56 26.16 29.62
5 wickets in innings 0 1 25 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 4/44 6/27 9/70 6/27
Catches/stumpings 2/– 10/– 102/– 50/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 September 2009

Murali Kartik (Tamil: முரளி கார்த்திக் About this sound pronunciation , born September 11, 1976 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian cricketer who sporadically represented the India national cricket team since 2000. He is a specialist slow left arm orthodox bowler known for his loopy trajectory and ability to spin and bounce, but has found international selection blocked by the presence of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.[1] He is also a left-handed batsman, and although he has had some success with the bat at first-class level with 11 half-centuries, he has not been able to repeat this at international level.[1]


Early years

In his early years in cricket, Kartik was a medium pacer,[2] before switching to a left arm finger spinner in the classical mould, Kartik grew up trying to emulate past Indian orthodox spinners Bishen Singh Bedi, Maninder Singh and Venkatapathy Raju. He also garnered attention for what was perceived to be a fiery attitude, but took pride in coach Kapil Dev saying of him "I have never seen a player with such an attitude towards the game in my 20 years of international cricket".[3] Kartik made his first-class debut for Railways in the Ranji Trophy in 1996–97, against Vidarbha, and marked his debut with a hat trick in the first innings, finishing with 10/55.[4][5] He ended the season with 16 wickets at 19.37,[6] and 185 runs at 20 including a 74,[7] but was overlooked for the Central Zone selection for the Duleep Trophy.[8] The following season he managed 14 wickets at 18.42,[9] but was dropped in the later stages of the tournament.[10] He played more regularly in 1998–99, taking 29 wickets in seven matches at 19.3 to be the 13th highest wicket-taker.[11] He was rewarded with selection for Central Zone and claimed 7/95 in the final to help them defeat West Zone in Aurangabad to claim the Duleep Trophy,[12] and was the leading wicket-taker during the tournament.[13]

Early international career

After further strong Ranji performances in the 1999–2000 season, taking 17 wickets at 10.11 including a haul of 12/93 against Vidharbha,[14] Kartik made his debut in February 2000, playing in both Tests against South Africa at Mumbai and Bangalore as India sought a second spinner to accompany Anil Kumble, after Harbhajan Singh's performance in the role in the previous season had been deemed inadequate. Kartik performed steadily, taking six wickets at 33.5.[15]

Kartik was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, after earlier having made his Test debut in early 2000 in a home series against South Africa.[16] However, his stay was cut short along with that of Harbhajan Singh, when they were expelled by the director Hanumant Singh over disciplinary issues.[17]

In the 2000–01 season, he played in one Test against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe respectively in India, taking 1/42 and 2/66. Captain Sourav Ganguly did not show much confidence in him, by only affording him frequent but short spells.[2] Kartik compounded his problems by taking his Duleep Trophy wickets at an average of 131, taking only three wickets in three matches.[18] The selectors were unsatisfied by these performances, and despite a shoulder injury to Kumble, Kartik was discarded as India hosted Australia in the 2001 Border Gavaskar Trophy.[15] Harbhajan was recalled and took 32 wickets at 17 to permanently establish himself as India's favoured spinner.

A serious back injury in 2001 forced Kartik to travel to Adelaide for treatment, which was funded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.[3] He managed to make a successful comeback in the 2001–02 Duleep Trophy, being the fourth highest wicket taker, with 34 at an average of 17.[19]

Later career

Since then, Kartik has been India's third choice Test spinner behind Kumble and Harbhajan, only playing due to their injuries or when India selected three spinners. Kartik was called into the Test squad to tour New Zealand in late 2002 after Kumble withdrew,[2] but did not play as India only fielded one spin bowler. As a result, Kartik did not play another Test match until early 2004, almost three years later. After taking 6/117 and 5/140 for India A against Sri Lanka A,[20][21] Kartik made his first overseas appearance for India, after replacing the injured Harbhajan midway through the 2003–04 tour of Australia.[22] He played in the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground when India fielded two spinners. He was punished by the Australian batsmen, taking 1/211.[15]

Kartik did in the intervening period have opportunities in the ODI format, playing in four consecutive matches in 2002–03 in India against the West Indies, but after taking four wickets at 49.75, he was overlooked for the 2003 Cricket World Cup as Harbhajan and Kumble were preferred. After the World Cup, Kartik gained semi-regular appearances during the TVS and on the Australian tour, competing with Kumble for a regular position in the team. Despite only taking 1/178 in the VB series, he was retained for the ODI tour of Pakistan, taking five wickets at 32.8. Harbhajan's return from injury in late 2004 meant that he would only play two ODIs until late 2005.[23]

Kartik did not play in another Test until October 2004, in the Third Test against Australia in Nagpur, when Harbhajan was ill, taking 5/131. He held his place for final Test in Mumbai as India fielded three spinners, and took 7/76 in a man of the match performance which saw India win by 13 runs. Both of these performances occurred under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid with Ganguly injured, in which Kartik netted his wickets at an average of 17.5 compared to 51.08 under Ganguly's leadership. Kartik played the last of his eight Tests in a subsequent match against South Africa in Kanpur, taking 2/93 under Ganguly's command, being dropped after India did not use three spinners in subsequent matches.[15]

He enjoyed more opportunities in the ODI arena in 2005, when Kumble was dropped by newly appointed coach Greg Chappell due to his lack of athleticism, as well as the introduction of the experimental rules which allowed the use of substitutes, thus opening an extra position in the team. Kartik played in ten of the twelve ODIs which India hosted during the summer, he took eight wickets at 30 in the series against Sri Lanka, but went wicketless in the South African series. After conceding 64 runs against Pakistan, he was replaced in early 2006 in the Test and ODI squad by 17-year-old legspinner Piyush Chawla and off-spinner Ramesh Powar respectively.[23]

In late 2005, he appeared as a late-season overseas player substitute for Lancashire, and became the first overseas Lancashire player to take ten wickets on their debut, with 10/168 against Essex. His sixteen wickets placed him second on the season's bowling averages, and helped the team to be promoted from Second Division. Despite these performances, he was not initially offered a contract for 2006. Eventually in August 2006, he was again signed as a late-season overseas player for Lancashire just in time to appear in the C&G Trophy final against Sussex.[24] In 2007, he joined Middlesex as an overseas registration.[25] He made his debut as the county club's 700th first-class cricketer against Somerset at Taunton in April 2007. He took 37 wickets at 25.48 and agreed to sign on for a further season in 2008.[26]

In late-2007, Kartik was recalled to the ODI team in place of Powar mid-way through the series against Australia.[27] He played his first ODI in 18 months when he returned for the fourth match at Mohali. He took 1/48,[23] and conceded only two runs in the 48th over as Australia stumbled in a tight run chase.[28]

Kartik took only one wicket in the next two matches, which Australia won.[23] In the seventh and final match, Kartik took a career best of 6/27 from 10 overs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to bowl Australia out for 193. The tourists had reached 2/117 after 19.4 overs before Kartik removed Brad Hodge and Andrew Symonds from consecutive balls. He failed to get his hat-trick, but in the 32nd over he removed Brad Haddin from the first ball, and then Brad Hogg and Brett Lee from the fourth and fifth balls. Again Kartik missed the hat-trick, but returned to claim his six wicket.[29][30] In reply, India had fallen to 8/143 before Kartik chipped in with an unbeaten 21 from 34 balls in an unbroken 52-run stand with Zaheer Khan, guiding India to a two-wicket victory. Kartik was recognised by being selected as the man of the match.[30]

In the following series against Pakistan, Kartik was only selected in the first, third and fifth matches, and took two wickets at an average of 68.00.[23] As a result, Kartik was omitted from the ODI tour of Australia in favour of Chawla.[31] Kartik was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural 2008 Indian Premier League.[32] He played in six matches, taking three wickets at 42.33. All of these came in one match in which he took 3/17.[33]

Kartik was part of the Middlesex team that won the 2008 Twenty20 Cup in England, their first domestic title for 15 years.

At the end of the 2009 season, it was announced that Kartik would join Somerset as their overseas player for the 2010 season.[34]


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  34. ^ "SOMERSET SIGN MURALI KARTIK FOR 2010". Somerset County Cricket Club. 22 September 2009.,,11333~1804062,00.html. Retrieved 22 September 2009.  

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