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India vs Afghanistan: Dinesh Karthik in line to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha

Karthik had last played a Test match way back in 2010 against Bangladesh but has had a prolific first-class record with 27 hundreds and over 9000 runs.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: June 02, 2018 10:04 IST ]
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Dinesh Karthik is likely to get a shot at Test redemption -- as a replacement for the injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha -- for the one-off historic encounter against Afghanistan in Bengaluru from June 14.

According to sources close to the selection committee, MSK Prasad and Co are looking at the England tour, where Karthik could make the cut in the longest format also.

Saha, who is currently in a race against time to be fit for the Afghanistan Test which begins June 14, currently is suffering with a thumb injury.

Saha is the only recognised stumper in India's squad for the five-day affair in Bengaluru starting June 14. If the Bengal keeper fails to recover in time for the game, Dinesh Karthik or Parthiv Patel might get a look in. 

It must be mentioned that Karthik was a surprise success when he played Test cricket in England in 2007. He had three half-centuries -- 60 at Lord's, 77 at Nottingham and 91 at the Oval.

Karthik had last played a Test match way back in 2010 against Bangladesh but has had a prolific first-class record with 27 hundreds and over 9000 runs. In 23 Tests for India, he has scored 1000 runs with a hundred and seven half-centuries.

(With PTI Inputs)

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  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
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