India summon Dinesh Karthik for final Test
The visitors suffer their first big injury in the series against the Proteas.
India’s Dinesh Karthik fielding a ball during a practice session at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, ahead of the first One Day International (ODI) match between West Indies and India. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik will replace injured Wriddhiman Saha in India’s squad for the third and final Test against South Africa, the country’s cricket board said on January 16. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD
India on Tuesday called up Dinesh Karthik to fly to South Africa to replace injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against the Proteas.
Saha, the first choice Test wicketkeeper since Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired in 2014, missed the second Test due a hamstring injury.
Karthik, 32, last played for his country in 2010. He will join the team ahead of the final Test starting in Johannesburg on January 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.
Karthik has played 23 Tests with 51 catches and five stumpings to his name.
The BCCI said Saha, who claimed 10 catches in the first Test in Cape Town, “suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury” during training last Thursday. He was replaced by Parthiv Patel for the second game against South Africa.
South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.