Dinesh Karthik to replace injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha

Saha, who set an Indian record for the most number of catches and dismissals in a Test (10) in the series opener at Cape Town, suffered the injury two days before the second Test got under way.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday that Dinesh Karthik has been called in to replace Saha in the squad for the remainder of the series.

Karthik is expected to join the squad before the third Test.

Kartik will join the team before the third Test. Karthik who has played 23 Tests for India last appeared in the five-day game for the team back in 2010 against Bangladesh.

Saha, the first choice Test wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni retired in 2014, missed the second Test due a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, the BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor Saha's progress.

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Karthik, who made his Test debut in 2004, played his last Test almost eight years ago, against Bangladesh.

Notably, Saha was dismissed for 0 and eight in the first Test, which the visitors lost by 72 runs in Cape Town.

In a tense second innings, Dean Elgar was on 29 and South Africa 70 for 2 when Parthiv did not go for a catch to his left. Virat during the toss on day-1 of 2nd Test said that Saha picked a hamstring niggle during the practice and was replaced by the backup wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

Gavaskar also slammed the decision to rest Bhuvneshwar who took six wickets in the first Test and was one of the best bowlers for the side. He has also chipped in with useful contributions with the bat in the ODI and Twenty20 matches for India this season. Given Patel's struggle with the gloves, the right-hander may get to feature on the Test side after 7 long years.

South Africa, on the other hand, were forced into a change as local boy Lungi Ngidi has been handed a debut cap to replace an injured Dale Steyn in the line-up.

  • Regina Holmes