KOLKATA: India’s first-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the historic India vs Afghanistan Test because of a thumb injury.
Dinesh Karthik has been called up as his replacement for the match in Bangalore.
Saha, turning out for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League 2018, suffered the injury when he was struck by a bouncer during a game against Kolkata Knight Riders and was forced to miss the tournament final against Chennai Super Kings, which his team lost by eight wickets.
“He was under observation by the medical staff of the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] 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,” said Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI’s Acting Honorary Secretary, in a press statement.
India's five-Test series in England will begin at Edgbaston on August 1, giving Saha enough time to recover.
Saha had earlier missed six games in the IPL with a shoulder injury, before being laid low by the blow to the thumb.