The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Senior Selection Committee has recently announced that 32-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik to be the replacement for injured Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against South Africa at Wanderers. Dinesh Karthik will fly down to Down Under and join the rest of the Indian squad just before the third Test, the cricket board o f India disclosed in its recent statement.
Interestingly, after making his debut in Test Cricket in 2004, this will be the first time in almost eight years that the Tamil Nadu will get to make his return to the Test side. He represented the Indian team for the last time against Bangladesh which was eight years ago.
Unfortunately, the Indian team’s number one choice Wriddhiman Saha suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training period just before the second test which resulted in Captain Virat Kohli resting him for the second Test as giving a chance to Parthiv Patel in the side for the pressure match at Centurion.
Saha was outstanding with his gloves in the first Test against South Africa at Capetown as he overtook MS Dhoni’s record of most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in the 5-day format competing as many as 10 catches in the match. But he was disappointing with the bat as he could score only 8 runs in both the innings.