Karthik to replace injured Saha for third Test

Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of India’s 3rd Test against South Africa due to injury and he will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik

Karthik, if picked in the playing XI for the third Test, will be playing his first Test since 2010. As you all may know that the 3 test of the series is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from January 24. "He is set to join the team before the third Test", BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.

Karthik, part of the India squad for the six one-dayers that follow the tests, will fly to South Africa hoping to play his first test in eight years at Cape Town from January 24.

Dinesh Karthik, who is now playing for Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, will join the side, is set to join the team before the third Test match.

Saha took five catches in the first innings to result in the dismissals of Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada in the first innings.

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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.

Saha, who missed the ongoing second Test in Centurion against the Proteas due to a "hamstring niggle" is now ruled out of the entire series. Murali Vijay's wife, Nikita Vijay first married Dinesh Karthik and then the two got divorced in the year 2012.

Meanwhile, Twitterati has made fun of Dinesh Karthik who is going to join Murali Karthik on the field soon.

- S Ramachandran (@indiarama) January 16, 2018Murli Vijay & Dinesh Karthik may play together in next Test match!

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