New Delhi, Oct 6, 2016: Medium pacer Shardul Thakur was on Wednesday called in as a replacement for injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore starting on Saturday.
Bhuvneshwar, who picked his maiden five-wicket haul at home to guide India to a 178-run win in the Kolkata Test, was ruled out of the final game after sustaining a back strain.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee have named medium pacer Shardul Thakur as the replacement for injured pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian Team,” BCCI said in a statement.
“Kumar has been ruled out of the third Test of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand after he sustained a back strain in the second Test at the Eden Gardens,” the statement added.
India goes into the inconsequential final Test after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber.