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.
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.