Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Dinesh Karthik Replaces Saha For Third Test Against South Africa

Dinesh Karthik Replaces Saha For Third Test Against South Africa

Saha suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training on January 11, and was replaced by Parthiv Patel in the starting XI for the ongoing second Test in Centurion.

Rahul, on the other hand, has till now played 21 Tests, scoring 1428 runs at an average of 44.62 with four hundreds and 10 half-centuries.

Centurion: Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik has been called in the national squad as a replacement for injured wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha for the third and the final Test of the three-match series against South Africa, beginning January 24 at the Wanderers Stadium in Sandton. "The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress", said a release from the BCCI on Tuesday.

Saha, the first choice Test wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni retired in 2014, missed the second Test due a hamstring injury. He has 51 catches and five stumpings.

Saha was replaced by Parthiv Patel in the ongoing Test here after he picked up the injury, which was initially described as a niggle.

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Whereas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar who had picked 6 wickets and faced more deliveries than other Indian batsmen was dropped from the side and Ishant Sharma was preferred instead in the 2nd Test. KL Rahul was brought back to the side for the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan who failed to impress in the two outings in Cape Town.

In the case of Dhawan, the team management at last seemed to have understood that he does not have the technique to play short-pitched stuff coming at a lively pace, as it was evident in both innings at Cape Town, where he was not in control of the pull shots.

He is also a part of the ODI squad which will play the 6-match ODI series against South Africa following the Tests.

Karthik is making a comeback into the Test side after a gap of 8 years. Murali Vijay's wife, Nikita Vijay first married Dinesh Karthik and then the two got divorced in the year 2012.

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