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INDIA’S Shikhar Dhawan was yes­ter­day ruled out of the third and fi­nal Test against New Zealand with a bro­ken thumb af­ter the hosts took an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the se­ries in Kolkata. The 30-year-old left-handed opener suf­fered a nasty hit on his left thumb off a Trent Boult bouncer dur­ing India’s sec­ond in­nings on Sun­day. Dhawan scored 17 af­ter be­ing trapped lbw off Boult and did not take the field dur­ing New Zealand’s run chase at Kolkata’s Eden Gar­dens. “Shikhar has suf­fered a very mi­nor frac­ture on his hand (thumb). He has been un­der ob­ser­va­tion and ad­vised a 15-day rest. So he is ruled out of the third match,” the In­dian team’s man­age­ment an­nounced. Dhawan has scored 1,464 runs from 23 Tests at an av­er­age of 38.52. India’s se­lec­tion com­mit­tee named bats­man Karun Nair, who has played just two one-day in­ter­na­tion­als for the na­tional team, as Dhawan’s re­place­ment. India’s em­phatic 178-run win against New Zealand helped the hosts re­claim their top spot in the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) rank­ings. The two teams will now head to In­dore for the fi­nal Test on Satur­day.

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