‘Injured’ Pandey makes way for Karthik in Champions Trophy squad

Dinesh Karthik, Champions Trophy, India

India have called up Dinesh Karthik in their squad for the Champions Trophy in place of injured Manish Pandey, who will miss the event with a left side strain. Pandey picked up the injury during a practice session for Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of their IPL Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday (17th May).

Karthik, who was also a part of India’s successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2013, is recalled on the back of consistent domestic performances. The 31-year-old amassed 704 runs in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy at a healthy average of 54.15, including five fifties and one century. He also had a terrific 50-over season for Tamil Nadu, scoring a combined 854 runs at 85.40 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy.

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In the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Karthik was the second highest run-getter for his franchise Gujarat Lions with 361 runs at an impressive strike rate of 139.38.

India is scheduled to play two warm-up games on May 28 and May 30 against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively, before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4. The will then play Sri Lanka on June 8 before playing their final match against South Africa on June 11.