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Mumbai: Man-of-the-Match in the third Test, Shikhar Dhawan, was ruled out of the fourth Test against Australia, scheduled to be played in New Delhi between March 22-26, after he sustained a fracture in the left hand.
Dhawan, who hit a record breaking 187 in his maiden Test innings in Mohali, will be out of action for six weeks, announced a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement late on Tuesday.
BCCI’s All India Senior Selection Committee had replaced Dhawan with Gautam Gambhir and brought in Suresh Raina to the squad for the fourth Test.
However, Gambhir was diagnosed with jaundice after undergoing a blood test earlier Tuesday. He will not take part in the fourth match.
Ajinkya Rahane is most likely to replace Dhawan as an opener while Raina might have to sit out as a change is unlikely to be made in the middle-order. India lead the ongoing series 3-0.
Squad: M S Dhoni (Captain), Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Suresh Raina, and Ishant Sharma. REUTERS