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Champions Trophy: 'BCCI not Gambhir about selection,' Twitterati express anger on Dinesh Karthik's inclusion

Champions Trophy: 'BCCI not Gambhir about selection,' Twitterati express anger on Dinesh Karthik's inclusion

While there might be other names being considered favourites on IPL form, Karthik's selection seems to be a result of his strong domestic performance.

ICC Champions Trophy: Dinesh Karthik replaces injured Manish Pandey in India squad

ICC Champions Trophy: Dinesh Karthik replaces injured Manish Pandey in India squad

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday confirmed Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for injured Manish Pandey in the Team India squad for ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1.

WATCH: Huge drama in Kanpur after David Warner opts not to walk, feat. guilty as charged umpire Anil Chaudhary

WATCH: Huge drama in Kanpur after David Warner opts not to walk, feat. guilty as charged umpire Anil Chaudhary

As it turned out, Warner remained not out on 69 off 52 balls to help the visitors to a thumping eight-wicket win. The win ensured that the defending champions are through to the play-offs.

IPL 2017, Match 50: The Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils – Players to watch out for!

IPL 2017, Match 50: The Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils – Players to watch out for!

As for this match, Gujarat will surely look to avenge the bitter humiliation they faced at Feroz Shah Kotla when Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson dented their massive target of 209.

WATCH: Corey Anderson's jaw-dropping catch leaves Gujarat Lions owner Keshav Bansal with no option but to applause

WATCH: Corey Anderson's jaw-dropping catch leaves Gujarat Lions owner Keshav Bansal with no option but to applause

With the score at 143, the Lions lost Raina thanks to a brilliant throw from Kagiso Rabada. But topping that effort was Anderson's catch at mid-off to send back Karthik, who was batting at 65 from 34 balls.

Watchout, MS Dhoni at work! Dinesh Karthik becomes victim as Mahi hits bull's eye – Watch Video

Watchout, MS Dhoni at work! Dinesh Karthik becomes victim as Mahi hits bull's eye – Watch Video

Tahir`s smart bowling, coupled with some reckless batting from the visitors, meant that Gujarat needed Dinesh Karthik`s damage control effort of 29 to reach 161.

IPL 2017: Dinesh Karthik hits that 'insane' shot again, to devastating effect — MUST WATCH

IPL 2017: Dinesh Karthik hits that 'insane' shot again, to devastating effect — MUST WATCH

He played a similar shot against Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Trent Boult on April 8.

IPL has unearthed MS Dhoni's 'perfect' successor in Rishabh Pant, so thus claims Delhi Daredevils' Sam Billings

IPL has unearthed MS Dhoni's 'perfect' successor in Rishabh Pant, so thus claims Delhi Daredevils' Sam Billings

Indian cricket has seen a host of young wicket-keeper batsmen ready to step up, and don the national colours. But how many of them are indeed worthy for international cricket, let alone Dhoni's future replacement, is still a matter of conjecture.

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

Gujarat Lions finally register their first victory this season in IPL, courtesy Andrew Tye's five-wicket haul and controlled batting performance.

 

IPL 2017, Match 6 Preview: Gujarat Lions aim to bounce back against Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2017, Match 6 Preview: Gujarat Lions aim to bounce back against Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Lions were demolished by the KKR opening pair of Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir during their 184-run opening stand in their opening tie at Rajkot on Friday.

IPL 2017: Dinesh Karthik played the most insane cricket shot against pacer Trent Boult — WATCH

IPL 2017: Dinesh Karthik played the most insane cricket shot against pacer Trent Boult — WATCH

Gujarat Lions wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik shocked everyone on Friday by playing probably the most insane cricket shot ever against Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Trent Boult in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Rajkot.

IPL 2017, Match 3: Kolkata Knight Riders openers Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn humiliate Gujarat Lions in record run chase

IPL 2017, Match 3: Kolkata Knight Riders openers Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn humiliate Gujarat Lions in record run chase

Gambhir and Lynn made the 184-run chase look easy as they went hammer and tongs from the word go.

WATCH: When Dinesh Karthik got out hit wicket off wide delivery in Vijay Hazare final

WATCH: When Dinesh Karthik got out hit wicket off wide delivery in Vijay Hazare final

Karthik's 112 off 120 balls helped Tamil Nadu post 217, which was just about enough for them.

Deodhar Trophy: Dinesh Karthik's brilliant ton powers Tamil Nadu to title triumph with win over India B

Deodhar Trophy: Dinesh Karthik's brilliant ton powers Tamil Nadu to title triumph with win over India B

Tamil Nadu were at one stage struggling at 39 for three in the 11th over, before Karthik steadied the innings with a 136-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Narayan Jagadeesan (55).

Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik keeps India hopes alive, says he is eyeing a batsman's slot

Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik keeps India hopes alive, says he is eyeing a batsman's slot

In the Ranji Trophy, the 31-year old totalled 704 runs in 10 matches at an average of 54.15.

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Dinesh Karthik's 77 takes Tamil Nadu to final

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Dinesh Karthik's 77 takes Tamil Nadu to final

Invited to ball, Tamil Nadu first shot out Baroda for a meagre 219 in 49.3 overs and then chased down the runs with consummate ease in 47.3 overs

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Preview: Star-packed North favourites to lift T20 inter-zonals

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Preview: Star-packed North favourites to lift T20 inter-zonals

The North side has explosive batsmen in Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant

Parthiv Patel vs Rishabh Pant: India coach Anil Kumble explains why Gujarat keeper was chosen over impressive youngster

Parthiv Patel vs Rishabh Pant: India coach Anil Kumble explains why Gujarat keeper was chosen over impressive youngster

The coach also made it clear that Wriddhiman Saha, who is a few notches above his peers in terms of glovework, still remains the first-choice keeper of the Test team.

Graeme Smith cannot believe it as Dinesh Karthik takes SENSATIONAL catch! - WATCH

Graeme Smith cannot believe it as Dinesh Karthik takes SENSATIONAL catch! - WATCH

Smith, who is regarded as one of the best players to have played for Proteas, was left bewildered after this stunning take by Karthik at second slip.

TNPL 2016: Huge blow for Dindigul Dragons as BCCI doesn't clear R Ashwin for semi-finals

TNPL 2016: Huge blow for Dindigul Dragons as BCCI doesn't clear R Ashwin for semi-finals

In the two matches he represented Dragons, Ashwin picked two wickets and scored 64 runs.