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Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

19 May 2017, 08:12 | Winifred Adams

Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

Dinesh Karthik India Champions Trophy IPL 2017 Manish Pandey

Dinesh Karthik (47 off 25) continued his purple patch with the bat with a well paced 47 off 25 balls.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named middle-order batsman and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for Manish Pandey", an official BCCI release stated.

The Champions Trophy is scheduled to be held between June 1-18, with India set to open their campaign with a match against Pakistan on June 4. Karthik scored total of 607 runs from 9 innings at 86.71, with an impressive strike-rate of 102.01. But, the middle order batsman can't able to play in the upcoming ICC event. In 14 matches, Karthik scored 361 runs at an impressive average of 36 and strike rate of nearly 140, for The Gujarat Lions. It also included two centuries and four fifties as well.

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Karthik was one of the five stand-byes and has been rewarded for his stupendous form in the domestic cricket last season.

Karthik was part of India┬┤s 2013 Champions Trophy-winning squad and has been in strong form on the domestic circuit this year.

Karthik has represented India across formats since for over a decade. 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. Apart from Pakistan, India will also lock horns with Sri Lanka and South Africa in their respective group matches.

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