Hyderabad, Nov 16: India were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.
Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.
Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.
"Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.
"The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad," it said.
Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day. PTI