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Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik may play 3rd Test together; read why the two Tamil Nadu batsmen are not friends anymore



The condition of the Indian team in South Africa is thin. The Indian team, which in 2017 performed well in the home conditions, is struggling to make runs on the Proteas soil. Team Indian is changing the playing XI constantly. For the second Test, Parthiv Patel replaced Wriddhiman Shah and for the third Test, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will join the Team India replacing Parthiv Patel in Johannesburg. But the arrival of Dinesh Karthik will be a strange situation for the opening batsman Murali Vijay, in the dressing room. Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay share a very sour rapport and perhaps not many would know the reason behind it.

That’s because, Dinesh Karthik’s first wife Nikita had an affair with Murali Vijay. Dinesh Karthik and Nikita got divorced in 2012 and in the same year Nikita tied knot with Murali Vijay. And at that time she was reportedly pregnant. After this incident the friendship between these two players who played together for the Tamil Nadu Ranji team ended. However, both have never talked about it in public.

Meanwhile, ever since then it will be really ugly and awkward for the two and they would be sharing the dressing room for the first time. However, the situation would get even more awkward for them if they end up sharing the batting crease together. This will be the first time in eight years that Karthik will return to the Test side. Karthik had made his debut in Test cricket in 2004 and represented India for the last time against Bangladesh eight years ago.

To note, South Africa has already won the 3-match Test series after winning at Centurion. The third and final Test match is at Johannesburg and will start from January 24.

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