India vs South Africa: Dinesh Karthik named as replacement for injured Wriddhiman Saha

Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was on Tuesday ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik in the squad.

PTI, January 16, 2018

Centurion: Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was on Tuesday ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik in the squad.

Saha, who is not part of the team playing the ongoing second Test, picked up the injury while training on 11 January.

File image of Dinesh Karthik. AFP

File image of Dinesh Karthik. AFP

The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from 24 January.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against South Africa. He is set to join the team before the third Test," the BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.

The 32-year-old Karthik has played 23 Tests for India but his last five-day appearance for the team was back in 2010 against Bangladesh. He has 51 catches and five stumpings to his credit.

"Mr. Wriddhiman Saha suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training on Thursday, 11 January. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress," Choudhary said.

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

He wasn't much of a success in the opening Test in Cape Town, returning scores of 0 and 8. But the 33-year-old broke Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record for most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test match.

Saha claimed 10 catches in the Cape Town Test to go past the record of nine dismissals set by Dhoni against Australia in Melbourne in December 2014. Since making his debut against South Africa in 2010, Saha has represented India in 32 Tests, effecting 85 dismissals – 75 catches and 10 stumpings.

Updated Date: Jan 16, 2018





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