Karthik to replace Saha ahead of third Test in SA

Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has been called up to India’s squad for the remainder of the Test series in South Africa after an injury ruled out Wriddhiman Saha.

Saha played in the first Test at Newlands, which India lost by 72 runs, but was replaced by Parthiv Patel for the ongoing second Test in Centurion.

It has now been confirmed that Saha had suffered a hamstring tendon injury in training and will return home to be replaced by Karthik ahead of the third Test in Johannesburg starting on 24 January.

The 32-year-old Karthik has played 23 Tests, the last of which in 2010, but he has been involved in recent limited-overs squads at home against Sri Lanka.

Karthik was to fly to South Africa as he was selected in the ODI squad for the six games that will follow the Test series but will now join the India team earlier than expected.

A right-handed batsman, Karthik has scored 296 runs in four first-class matches at 59.20 this season.