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06-Oct-2010 02:34:00 GMT
India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore

Unadkat Earn Maiden Call-up, Gambhir and Ishant Rested For 2nd Oz Test

Mohali: Opener Gautam Gambhir and paceman Ishant Sharma will miss the second Test against Australia because of knee injuries, Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan said on Tuesday.

In a statement Srinivasan said the pair would be replaced by left-handed opener Abhinav Mukund and pace bowler Jaydev Unadkat.

Sharma played a key role in India's thrilling one-wicket victory in the first Test on Tuesday, sharing a vital 81-run ninth wicket partnership with Vangipurappu Laxman.

The second and final Test begins in Bangalore on Saturday.

Mukund, 20, has been a consistent performer in domestic first-class matches since his debut in late 2007. He has nine centuries in 29 matches, and an average of 55.88, and his career highlights include an unbeaten triple-century against Maharashtra in 2008 and a 257 against Hyderabad last season.

Young 18 year old seamr Unadkat has been promoted despite not having played a Ranji Trophy match. He impressed with a 13-wicket haul at Grace Road on first-class debut against West Indies A. He was included in the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy game against Mumbai that coincided with the first Test, and he returned figures of 4 for 41 in the first innings to put his name firmly in the selectors' radar.

Gambhir, who scored 25 and 0 in the first Test, was hit in the knee while fielding at short leg on Monday when he was trying to take evasive action to save himself from a Michael Hussey sweep off Pragyan Ojha.

Squad MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Amit Mishra, Abhinav Mukund, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Jaidev Unadkat, Murali Vijay.

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