Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has been recalled in Indian side for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in June in England and Wales. He has been announced as replacement of Manish Pandey. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ চ্যাম্পিয়ন্স ট্রফির ভারত দলে ডাক পেলেন কার্তিক]
Pandey has been ruled out of the tournament due to side strain which creates a way for Tamil Nadu and Gujarat Lions batsman Karthik.
“I can’t be happier at Karthik’s call-up. If you look at his performances right through the season, the thing that stands out for me has been his ability to convert the starts. Irrespective of the format, we could always count on Karthik to deliver and he did just that. Being a senior member of the side, he shouldered the bulk of responsibility and this call-up to national side is a tribute to his consistency,” said Tamil Nadu coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar.
Karthik has been in great touch in recent times, scoring a combined 854 runs at 85.40 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy for Tamil Nadu. He amassed 361 runs at a strike rate of 139.38 for Gujarat in IPL 2017.
The 31-year-old has played 71 ODIs for India. He was part of India’s victory campaign in the previous edition of Champions Trophy.
India squad for Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com