Champions Trophy 2017 May 18, 2017

Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

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Dinesh Karthik was part of India's victorious campaign in the 2013 edition of the Champions Trophy © Getty Images

India have included Dinesh Karthik in their squad for the Champions Trophy as a replacement for Manish Pandey, who has been ruled out with a left side strain. Pandey sustained the injury during a Kolkata Knight Riders practice session ahead of their IPL Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Karthik has played 71 ODIs since his debut in 2004 - keeping wicket in 24 of them - scoring 1313 runs at 27.93. He was part of India's victorious 2013 Champions Trophy campaign, and last played international cricket during the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

In recalling Karthik, the selectors have rewarded his excellent domestic form across formats. 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. In the IPL, Karthik was Gujarat Lions' second-highest run-getter with 361 at a strike rate of 139.38.

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  • cricfan4894017178 on May 25, 2017, 12:30 GMT

    dinesh kartik is the best wicket kipper and batter

  • mjrvasu on May 25, 2017, 11:34 GMT

    This is a subtle hint to MSD or what?

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on May 24, 2017, 4:24 GMT

    Traditionally we are used to playing 7 batsmen with 4 bowlers under dhoni in ICC events with loads of success. Now if we want to apply same logic here for CT that requires likes of kedar jadhav,yuvi and rohit to bowl 10 overs . In Dhoni 's combination basedon history Dhawan,rohit ,kohli , rahane, yuvi , dhoni ,kedar ,hardick,jaddu/ashwin,bhuvi,bumrah, shami/umesh.

    Would suggest kohli going for broke here with team composition Dhawan/Rahane/karthik 2 of above 3 as openners, Kohli , Rohit,kedar , Dhoni, hardick , jaddu/ash,bhuvi,umesh ,bumrah .

    6 batsmen with hardick jaddu bhuvi combination to follow. If kedar fails bring in yuvi as hitter. Rohit amd kedar should bowl only if bowlers are injured or outta form.

    Dhawan rahane must to be in middle order may be karthik sometimes.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on May 24, 2017, 4:06 GMT

    Finally selectors used non IPL matches as barometer, this bodes well for future selection and making sure likes of sanju samson remain sidelined cos of no show in ranji's. Pant should be fast tracked as i see he already was selected for odd T20s. Shreyas iyer and manoj tiwari should be tried before we loose them to IPL bang bang cricket. Sad news is except for Axar their is not much in all rounder cupboard the country which boasted for loads of spin bowling allrounders has not even 3 now. Jaddu looks completely like a bowler who can run for fielding or for other batsmen. Hardick should have full role of allrounder this season. Kedar jadhav is only other part time allrounder. What happened to rohit the allrounder? Which was regularly used in his 100 plus matches of initial birth for Team India? Hopefully these settled players take up bowling seriously else India has no opyion but to concede games before toss with 0 backups for bowler lost to injury (which is norm with jam packed sched)

  • jimbond on May 24, 2017, 3:47 GMT

    Karthik is a tried and tested failure at the international level. They have carried him for 71 ODIs where he has scored at an average of 28 and strike rate of 73- certainly an average performance (for comparison, the figures for R Jadeja is an average of 32 and strike rate of 82- and Jadeja is in the team for his bowling). Rishabh Pant, is a relatively unknown quantity but the way he was hitting international bowlers in this IPL- the selectors should have taken a gamble with Pant.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on May 22, 2017, 7:39 GMT

    Whether Karthik succeeds or not, I commend the selectors for selecting players based on domestic performance in the Vijay Hazare tournament & not just IPL. ODI innings require a combination of Test Match skills of batting long, rotating strike building partnerships which is different to a T20. Therefore selection should be based on Domestic performance and not just IPL

  • ilamuhilAmuthavan on May 22, 2017, 5:42 GMT

    Really, DK is the best option and also this selection will motivate other domestic players to perform well in domestic circuit. Added to that, a Players should not think that he will not get opportunity again if he dropped from national side. MSK is doing his job greatly. There are lot of talents in India because of IPL. All of the talented players are having fans. So, it is obvious that fans will disappoint if their favors are not getting opportunity in national side. We must understand that only 15 players will get opportunity. It doesn't mean that selectors are ignoring the talents. I am sure they will get opportunity if they perform consistently like DK in all of the domestic format. All of us know that Pant, GG, sanju, sandeep, Ishan,raina,Tiwary, Saha,parthiv,uthappa,Tripathi, krunal,sundar,unadkat,chahal etc are deserved to get their place in national team. But there is only 15 places in the team. Hope all of them will get opportunity in future.All the best to CT squad.

  • Mileend Nadekar on May 22, 2017, 2:40 GMT

    Rahane will be key in England pitches, the way he played world cup jn Aus

  •   Cricinfouser on May 21, 2017, 4:11 GMT

    1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli (capt), 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. R Ashwin, 9. Ravindra Jadeja, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 12. Jasprit Bumrah,

  • Nampally on May 20, 2017, 18:46 GMT

    @SIR-IVOR: I agree with the selection of Karthik but he will not get a chance. If he can open the innings, it will be one more regular openers in the squad. Dhawan is the other one. But knowing Kohli, he will push for Rohit to open. Kathik can play in the middle order too instead of Yuvraj. But that will not happen because the favourites come first. I prefer Dhawan, Karthik, Kohli, Rohit,Rahane, Dhoni to form the 6 batsmen. One can predict the 5 bowlers more easily because all bowlers are good. It boils down to 4 or 3 Pace in combo with 1 or 2 spinners + who is FIT. Karthik's choice is more justifiable than Manish Pandey's especially when you consider Karthik as a back up WK. There is no indiacation or even an attempt to include Youth. Yuvraj is always a suspect in fitness. Rohit, Kohli & Shami returning from their own fitness issues. Hopefully this will not become like 2012 Indian team to UK in fitness issues, with so many guys injury prone. Why not focus on Younger team?

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