Karthik to replace injured Saha for third South Africa…

Dinesh Karthik replaces injured Wriddhiman Saha in India squad for third Test

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 BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress", a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

Saha was left out of the second Test also with Parthiv Patel taking his place in the ongoing Centurion Test where the Gujarat stumper's work with the big gloves has left a lot to be desired.

As a result, Karthik will be in South Africa a couple of weeks earlier than planned because he had already been picked for the six ODIs that will follow the Test series. Parthiv Patel is doing duty behind the stumps in Centurion. The 32-year-old has 51 catches and five stumpings to his credit.

Saha created history in the first Test match by becoming the first Indian cricket team wicketkeeper to take ten dismissals in a match. Team India lost the first Test in Cape Town.

However, Karthik, on the other hand, has been in sublime form in India's interstate T20 championship, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he hit 3 consecutive half-centuries for Tami Nadu.

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Karthik is making a comeback into the Test side after a gap of 8 years.

The record was previously held by Dhoni who had nine dismissals to his name in Australia during his last Test series in 2014.

NEWS: Dinesh Karthik to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha.

Karthik's most recent Test outing came against Bangladesh in January 2010, although he did represent his country in 50 and 20-over matches as recently as December.

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