India summon Dinesh Karthik for final Test

Ishant Sharma

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who has a vital cog in India's Test team over the last two years, has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. He will join the team ahead of the final Test starting in Johannesburg on January 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. Virat during the toss said that Saha picked a hamstring niggle during the practice and was replaced by the backup wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

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.

Saha sustained an upper left hamstring tendon injury during a training session on January 11 and that the BCCI Medical Team would now continue to monitor the 33-year-old's progress.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.

The team management's decision to include Rahul comes after Dhawan struggled against short balls in Centurion, thereby failing to give the team good starts in both the innings. In the first and second Test, they went without their vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and instead picked Rohit Sharma in the playing XI on the basis of his current form.

It is learnt that the conditions in Centurion may not aid swing bowling and Ishant Sharma could be considered in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, despite his six-wicket match haul and a gritty 25 in the first Test.

He is also a part of the ODI squad which will play the 6-match ODI series against South Africa following the Tests. While he scored 19 in the first innings, he dropped two catches and failed to attempt a third regulation chance.

Karthik, who has featured in 23 Tests, will make a comeback in the national side after a long gap of seven years.

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