Dinesh Karthik has been recalled to the Test side after a long gap of eight years to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha for the upcoming third Test against South Africa. Saha has been ruled out of the ongoing series after he suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury during training on January 11 and was replaced by Parthiv Patel in the starting XI for the ongoing second Test in Centurion.

Karthik will now join the team in the African country earlier than planned because he had already been picked for the six ODIs that will start after the conclusion of the Test series.The 32-year old’s last Test appearance came way back in 201 against Bangladesh.

Since then, he has been in and out of India’s limited-overs squads. However, the Tamil Nadu ace is now looking set to get an extended run in international cricket after his consistent performances in the domestic arena. He had a fruitful outing in the 2016-17 season and has looked in good form this season too.  He scored 296 runs in four first-class matches which included three Duleep Trophy fixtures and one Ranji game. He has been batting impressively in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament too, scoring 211 runs including three half-centuries in five innings.

Karthik is likely to replace Parthiv Patel for the third Test after the latter’s struggles with the bat and gloves in the second Test. Parthiv, who was an automatic choice to replace Saha, managed to score only 19 in the first innings and dropped two catches in addition to failing to attempt a third regulation chance.

Meanwhile, Twitter was quick to react to the news as Karthik was included in the Test side after a long gap eight years. Here are some of the reactions:

https://twitter.com/TenniceFan/status/953145233667014657

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