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Thakur in for Kumar for 3rd India-NZ Test

NZN 5/10/2016

Paceman Shardul Thakur could debut for India after being called up as a replacement for seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the final match of the three-Test series against New Zealand.

Kumar, who suffered a back strain during the second Test, played a pivotal role in last week's 178-run win in Kolkata, taking six wickets in the match as India opened an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

The 24-year-old Thakur earned his first call-up to the Indian squad for the tour of the West Indies earlier this year but would be earning his first international cap if he started on Saturday in Indore.

India will also be without Shikhar Dhawan, with the opening batsman suffering a "very minor fracture" to his left thumb.

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