In a statement on Saturday, BCCI confirmed that it will take five to six weeks for the 33-year-old Saha to recover. “Mr. Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the one-off Paytm Test against Afghanistan to be held in Bengaluru from the 14th of June, 2018. Saha suffered an injury to his right thumb while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the VIVO IPL Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders on 25th May, 2018 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata,” BCCI said in a press release posted on its official website.
The board wants to give Saha ample time to regain full fitness ahead of India’s five-Test series that starts from August. “He [Saha] was under observation by the medical staff of the BCCI and the management has decided to give him adequate rest before the start of the England Test series. Saha’s recovery period is expected to be around five to six weeks,” it said.
Karthik made his Test debut against Australia in 2004 but failed to cement a permanent spot in the longest format. He has so far played 23 Tests, scoring 1000 runs with one century and seven fifties. Apart from that, he has 51 catches and five stumpings to his name.
Karthik has had a rich vein of form since leading India to a memorable victory in the final of Nidahas Trophy in March where he struck a last-ball six against Bangladesh. While captaining Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL 2018, he led them to the qualifiers. He also scored 498 runs at an impressive average of 49.80 with two half-centuries and finished among the top-10 run-getters of the season.
Meanwhile Fans seemed to be so happy because of Saha’s injury as they have witnessed his performance in recent times. They hailed Dinesh Karthik’s return to the Indian test team ahead of Parthiv patel and Rishab Pant. Here is some of their reactions :
Rule Saha out from all forms of cricket .. DK is far better than him in all aspects
— Xplorer … (@randomfreako) June 2, 2018
Good that selectors finally preferred DK over Parthiv patel.
DK is a far better batsman than Parthiv.
— Dushyant Dobaria (@DushyantDobaria) June 2, 2018
தமிழன் உள்ள வந்துட்டான் டா😍😎
— kumaran (@imkumaran96) June 2, 2018
Dk is the best for all formats after wk batsmen dhoni in team India
— sai Kumar (@charan260595) June 2, 2018
I cant express how much happy i am for @DineshKarthik …he totally deserved to play Tests for india
— abhishek dwivedi (@abhishek_srkfan) June 2, 2018
Everything seems to be falling in place for @DineshKarthik. This is his moment under the sun.
— Sahul Nair (@SahulNair) June 2, 2018
Congratulations dk anna
— ÑaNdU ÑAgASAtIsH(fan Of Raina) (@nandunagasatish) June 2, 2018
Saha ruled out. Thats actually a good news
— shubham kumar (@shbm1506) June 2, 2018
Very good decision.. DK is far better than Wridhiman 👍👍👍
— Manjur Choudhury (@Manjurchy649) June 2, 2018
Dinesh Karthik Is More Comfortable Playing Spin Bowling Than Saha… Happy To See DK In Test Match Cricket After A Long Time
— raju reddycherla (@ReddycherlaRaju) June 2, 2018