The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against South Africa. Karthik will join the Indian squad in South Africa before the third Test.
dinesh karthik named as Saha’s replacement. real dearth of keepers in the country it would seem. another crisis and MSK Prasad may have to pick himself or ask dhoni to come out of retirement! #SAvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 16, 2018
If Dinesh Karthik features in the 3rd Test match, it will be the first time in 57 years where India had three different wicketkeepers in a Test series. #SAvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 16, 2018
We must keep working hard. Results will follow. Dinesh Karthik is the perfect example. 6 months ago, he wasn’t in the national team radar. Now he is almost playing all the 3 formats #SAvIND
— Naseer ᴛɪɢᴇʀ ᴢɪɴᴅᴀ ʜᴀɪ (@BeingYuvNaseer) January 16, 2018
A mail from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) read that, after the opening Test, during practice session, on Tuesday, Saha suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training session.
However, the medical team of BCCI will continue to monitor his progress. In the second Test match Parthiv Patel replaced Saha.
Even though, Saha was not extra ordinary with his bat in the first Test yet he was outstanding with his gloves in Newlands Cape Town.
In the opening match against South Africa, Saha had broken former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record for most number of catches by an Indian in a match.