In 23 Tests for India, he has scored 1000 runs with a hundred and seven half-centuries.
New Delhi: Dinesh Karthik is a top contender to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha for the India-Afghanistan Test later this month.
According to sources close to the selection committee, MSK Prasad and Co are looking at the England tour, where Karthik could make the cut in the longest format also.
It must be mentioned that Karthik was a surprise success when he played Test cricket in England in 2007. He had three half-centuries -- 60 at Lord's, 77 at Nottingham and 91 at the Oval.
Karthik had last played a Test match way back in 2010 against Bangladesh but has had a prolific first-class record with 27 hundreds and over 9000 runs. In 23 Tests for India, he has scored 1000 runs with a hundred and seven half-centuries.