Bhuvneshwar out of Australia T20Is, Rishi picked; Gurkeerat in as cover for Rahane

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Sydney, Jan 23: India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was today ruled out of the Australia Twenty20 International series due to injury. All-rounder Rishi Dhawan has been named as his replacement.

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Bhuvneshwar missed today's (January 23) 5th and final ODI due to a fractured left-hand thumb. Also, Gurkeerat Singh Mann has been added as a cover to the injured Ajinkya Rahane in the T20I squad.

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"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gurkeerat Singh Mann in the India T20I team as a cover up for injured Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane split his webbing on his right hand while fielding in the fourth ODI at Canberra," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a media release on Saturday.

"Meanwhile, the BCCI medical team has confirmed that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of India's tour of Australia after he fractured his left-hand thumb. All-rounder Rishi Dhawan has been included in the T20I team as Bhuvneshwar's replacement," it added.

The 3-match T20I series starts on January 26 (Tuesday) in Adelaide.

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