A thumb injury could be very lethal sometimes as it happens with Indian Wicket Keeper Wriddhiman Saha. He took up this injury in the IPL which has now ruled him out of playing their Test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru on June 14. As a replacement, Dinesh Karthik has been roped in that too ahead of Parthiv Patel.
In the IPL 2018, after having been struck on his right thumb by a Shivam Mavi bouncer on May 25, Saha succumbed an estimated recovery period of five to six weeks. Resulting which he was unable to play six games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL because of a shoulder niggle. The first Test in England starts from August 1 at Edgbaston.
India already had previously concluded their Test Assignments without the absence of Saha. Like the way, India played their Test in South Africa in which both Parthiv and Karthik had been lingering as an option as a replacement for the squad after Saha was sidelined with a hamstring niggle. It was Parthiv who back then was given the priorities to contribute in the XI for the second and third Tests, but he couldn’t do justice to the game as he only got 56 runs in four innings. He displayed a poor quality of the game in Centurion through dropping two catches and failing to attempt a third regulation chance.
In lieu of Saha, this time hence Karthik got his call. He is now all set to play his first Test since 2010 and 24th overall since his debut in 2004. Recently also, he successfully captained Kolkata Knight Riders to the IPL playoffs and became the top-scorer for the side with 498 runs in 16 innings at an average of nearly 50 and strike rate of nearly 150.
Probable Indian squad:
Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur.