Dinesh Karthik recently made headlines for scoring 29 from 8 balls (which included a necessary last-ball six) and we can’t stop gushing over him ever since then. He has also been appointed as the captain of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and it’ll be exciting to see how he takes over the helm from Gautam Gambhir, who was extremely successful during his reign. 

Other than cricket, Dinesh Karthik also has a wonderful love life with his wife and squash player Dipika Pallikal). In an interview with Bombay Times, Dinesh said how her wife didn’t follow cricket as passionately as him. “Interestingly, she didn’t even know that the finals was happening on Sunday. She’s not a cricket fan. During the IPL, she comes and watches a few matches. One thing is that she gets very nervous while I play. Hence, she stopped watching. But it’s not like she misses anything and that she doesn’t want to know what’s really happening. She gets a ballpark idea of what the scores are and what’s happening. But she is not someone who follows every minute, ball by ball. She is clued-in on squash and she loves the sport. But cricket is only a borrowed interest for her. Her parents are far more interested in cricket,” he said. 

This tells us a lot about how being compatible with a person doesn’t need to be about sharing the same interests. It should be about respecting the differences, and cherishing the similarities. 

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As athletes, the couple also gives us a lot of fitness goals. We don’t know for sure whether they workout together, but they surely have fit bodies that each one of us should aspire to have. 

And what is the best thing Dinesh finds about her wife? “She is very simple and elegant. And we complement and understand each other very well,” he said in an interview with Hindustan Times

You just have to see this video, where both Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal take us through a tour of their house. We see their lounge where Dinesh watches a lot of TV and chills (sometimes sleep as well). We also see Dipika’s bedroom, where she plays Mario all day, and her trophy cabinet. Through the course of the video, you can see that both of them don’t try to make each other laugh so hard, but invariably make each other smile.