Kolkata: India opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Monday ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand at Indore with a minor fracture on his left thumb, which was hit twice by New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult during the second match at the Eden Gardens.
Dhawan, who was taken to a city hospital for scans on Sunday, has been recommended 15 days rest, which effectively rules him out of the third and last Test, starting October 8.
"A very minor fracture has occurred and he has been recommended 15 days rest, which effectively rules him out of the next Test," said India's media manager after India posted a 178-run win over New Zealand in the second Test and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
"Selectors have been informed about his status," he added.
On Sunday, the left-handed opener took blows on his bottom hand thumb twice with the ball rising awkwardly. He survived some anxious moments, managing to open his account after 14 balls, and the swollen thumb had to be taped. He was soon rushed to a city hospital for x-ray.
Dhawan did not take the field on Monday when New Zealand were batting in the second innings.