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Wriddhiman Saha ruled out of 3rd Test vs South Africa, Dinesh Karthik to replace him

Wriddhiman Saha will not take part in the third Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. Dinesh Karthik was named as his replacement on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Jan 16, 2018 22:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of India’s 3rd Test against South Africa due to injury and he will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik.(AP)

Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg due to a hamstring injury and he will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik.

Saha created history in the first Test match by becoming the first Indian cricket team wicketkeeper to take ten dismissals in a match. However, he suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training ahead of the second Test match and his place was taken by Parthiv Patel.

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“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.

Dinesh Karthik, who is currently playing for Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, will join the side, is set to join the team before the third Test match. With 211 runs from 5 matches, Karthik has enjoyed a good run of form lately and he will be looking to continue that momentum in South Africa.

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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, January 11. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress,” Choudhary said.

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

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 11:31 IST