Karthik to replace injured Saha in 3rd Test against South Africa

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

Team India lost the first Test in Cape Town and now struggling to defeat the Proteas in the second Test in Centurion. He didn't had impressive outings for the side in the first Test where he finished with the scores of 0, 8 respectively in the first two games.

Dinesh Karthik will replace Wriddhiman Saha in the Indian squad before the third Test against South Africa, as BCCI revealed on Tuesday. Even behind the stumps, Parthiv spilled out a number of opportunities. "He is set to join the team before the third Test", the BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement. On day-3, he didn't go for the catch which was pretty much in his reach.

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.

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

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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.

32-year-old Karthik will join the team before the start of the third Test. Team management, what are you smoking? Saha was replaced by the southpaw after getting injured.

Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay were both great friends as they played together for the Ranji team of Tamil Nadu.

- Tabrez (@its_tabrez_4u) January 16, 2018Parthiv Patel v Dinesh Karthik, longest running saga in Indian Cricket. He failed with bat in the first innings as well (though, to be fair, the top order generally did not come off).

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