Tamil Nadu Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has replaced injured Manish Pandey in the team for upcoming ICC Champions Trophy that is scheduled to begin from June 1.
The Gujrat Lions batsman is in sublime form and has scored a lot of runs for his team in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The former Delhi Daredevils batsman scored a total of 361 runs in 14 games that he played at an average of 36.10. The right-handed batsman was also a part of the squad that visited England in the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy that was held in the year 2013.
Virat and Comnpany will begin their Champions Trophy campaign versus Pakistan on June 4 in Edgbaston. The Men in Blue will go in the championship as the defending champions as they emerged victorious in the last edition after beating home side England by 5 runs in final. India were then playing under legendary skipper MS Dhoni and will now play under Virat Kohli who was given the full-time captaincy in the limited overs format after World Cup winning captain stepped down from the helm position earlier this year.
The RCB skipper has had a pretty good run after donning the captaincy hat. The Indian team also defeated England in an One Day International home series under his leadership.
Apart from Pakistan, Team India will also lock horns with Sri Lanka and South Africa in their respective group games.