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India vs SA: Kartik to replace injured Saha for 3rd Test

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Centurion: Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was today ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and will be replaced by in the squad.

Saha, who is not part of the team playing the ongoing second Test here, picked up the injury while training on 11 January.

The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from 24 January.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named 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.

The 32-year- Karthik has played 23 Tests for India but his last five-day appearance for the team was back in 2010 against Bangladesh. He has 51 catches and five stumpings to his credit.

“Mr. Wriddhiman Saha suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training on Thursday, 11 January. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress,” Choudhary said.

Saha was replaced by in the ongoing Test here after he picked up the injury, which was initially described as a niggle.

He wasn’t much of a success in the opening Test in Cape Town, returning scores of 0 and 8. But the 33-year- broke Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record for most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test match.

Saha claimed 10 catches in the Cape Town Test to go past the record of nine dismissals set by Dhoni against in Melbourne in December 2014.

Since making his against South Africa in 2010, Saha has represented India in 32 Tests, effecting 85 dismissals – 75 catches and 10 stumpings.

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