India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the third Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and he will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik.
Saha created history in the Capetown Test by becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to take ten dismissals in a match. However, he suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training ahead of the second Test in Centurion and his place was taken by Parthiv Patel.
“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.
“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 added.
Dinesh Karthik, who is currently playing for Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, will join the Indian 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.
The third and final Test of the Freedom series is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from January 24.