Manish Pandey out of Champions Trophy; Karthik to replace

Champions Trophy 2017

Champions Trophy 2017

Seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was called as a replacement for the injured Pandey.

According to the BCCI announcement on Thursday, Dinesh Karthik will place instead of Manish Pandey in all the matches of upcoming Champions Trophy.

Pandey, who was included in the 15-man squad announced by the Indian board, sustained a left-side strain during a practice session with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Find us on Facebook too!

Karthik, who was in the stand-by list, enjoyed a good domestic season. He scored 704 runs in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy at 54.15, with one hundred and five fifties, and was a vital cog in Tamil Nadu's run to a 50-overs title double, scoring a combined 854 runs at 85.40 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. Karthik scored total of 607 runs from 9 innings at 86.71, with an impressive strike-rate of 102.01.

Karthik is making a return to the Indian team after a gap of three years as the wicket-keeper batsman last played for India against Afghanistan in 2014.

Team India will go into the tournament as the defending champions.

Having played 23 Tests and 71 ODIs for India, Karthik pipped another glovesman Rishabh Pant, who was also a part of the reserves. Apart from Pakistan, India will also lock horns with Sri Lanka and South Africa in their respective group matches.

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