The Indian senior team selection committee has recalled Dibesh Karthik to replace injured wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha for the third Test in Johannesburg. The Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman will join the Indian squad, who are currently in Centurion, ahead of the third and final Test on January 24.
Wriddhiman Shaha, who missed the second Test due to injury, was replaced by Parthiv Patel. Saha has suffered a tendon injury before the second Test in Centurion. According to media reports, he will now be monitored by BCCI’s medical team.
Before the beginning of the tour selection committee sent Parthiv as a standby wicket-keeper of Team India. However, Parthiv was pretty poor as a gloves man in the third Test.
In the third Test, Karthik will have a chance to be picked by Indian team management. If he plays the Johannesburg Test that will be his return to Test cricket after five years. He last played a Test match in 2010 against Bangladesh at Chittagong. So far, Karthik played 23 Tests and scored 1000 runs at an average of 27.78.
It is believed that the decision to include Karthik in the squad in the Test series will help him to get accustomed to the conditions before the limited-overs series where he is one of the candidates for the middle order slot.