Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik and national squash player Dipika Pallikal make up one of the most inspiring power couples in the country. Recently, Dipika was heard cracking a joke on his husband in a recent chat show organised by merchandise brand Adidas to celebrate womanhood and freedom for them.
Dipika Pallikal, the winner of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, and boxer Nikhat Zareen were recently seen together as a part of a panel of inspiring and successful women as a part of the ‘Watch Us Move’ campaign. An amazing video was launched and the panel was seen together chatting and trying to bond with each other. During that, Nikhat was teaching Dipika and Manushi how to throw her favorite shot, that is the hook punch.
I will practice on my husband – Dinesh Karthik – Dipika Pallikal
Pallikal, during this interaction, threw a joke that she would practice the punch on her husband, Dinesh Karthik, an Indian cricketer.
“I’ll practice it on my husband today,” Dipika Pallikal quipped as the panel bursts onto laughter.
Incidentally, Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal married each other in 2013 after dating for a couple of years. She has won three Commonwealth Games medals and four Asian Games medals. On the other hand, Karthik recently won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with his stateside Tamil Nadu. He will be aiming to have a good stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 which is expected to roll out in April-May.
Speaking further, Dipika Pallikal also talked about how she and Dinesh Karthik went about during the lockdown last year due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I feel the first few months were okay. Mentally, we were like, Okay, this is going to get over but I still have to stay fit, and how am I going to fit? And it’s you know, I think we were in touch with our trainers way more than you’ve ever been in touch with them. But I think as an athlete, we go through this, I think we’re all you know, we were always shoved into situations where it’s odd and we have to come out of the top no matter what. And it’s being loaded physically. I think it’s taken a toll on athletes mentally, especially on the Olympic athletes,” Pallikal further said.