Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

Dinesh Karthik

Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

But, the middle order batsman can't able to play in the upcoming ICC event. The Men in Blue will go in the tournament as the defending champions as they emerged victorious in the last edition after beating hosts England by 5 runs in final.

Karthik, who was in the stand-by list, enjoyed a good domestic season.

Pandey will also be missing Kolkata's crucial Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians.

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. He has played 23 Tests, 71 ODIs and 9 T20Is.

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Besides a consistent showing in first-class cricket this year, Karthik has been the second-highest scorer (361 runs) for his IPL team Gujarat Lions.

Karthik is making a return to the Indian team after a gap of three years as the wicket-keeper batsman last played for India against Afghanistan in 2014. It is the golden opportunity for the Dinesh Karthik to show this tallent to the global stage again after three years of long gap.

India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Birmingham on June 4.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik.

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