20 Mar 2013

Dhawan ruled out of fourth test

6:44 pm on 20 March 2013

India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the fourth cricket test against Australia in Delhi.

The left-hander had been a doubtful starter for his home-town test after injuring his hand during his spectacular debut in the series-clinching six-wicket win in Mohali earlier this week.

Dhawan blazed 187 from 174 balls - the highest ever score by an Indian debutant - while his 85-ball century was the fastest in test history.

The 27-year-old did not reappear for India's chase, however, after he injured his finger attempting to field a Phil Hughes cut shot during Australia's second innings on the fourth day.

Suresh Raina has been called in as cover after replacement opener Gautam Gambhir was diagnosed with jaundice.

Dhawan's injury means that India will be forced into another reshuffle at the top of the order after Dhawan had been brought in to replace out-of-form veteran Virender Sehwag.

Gambhir had loomed as an obvious like-for-like replacement, however, his illness means India are left with Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane as their recognised opening batsman as they attempt to claim a 4-0 series sweep.

The fourth test begins at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Friday.