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Agarkar, Patel, Chopra, Yuvraj Axed; Pathan Still Unfit For 4th Test Email this page
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Nagpur, Oct. 30(NNN): Indian cricket selectors on Saturday dropped Yuvraj Singh, Akash Chopra, Parthiv Patel and Ajit Agarkar from the team to play in the fourth Test against Australia starting in Mumbai on November 3.
Speedster Irfan Pathan would sit out of the final Test as he was yet to recover from the side strain while skipper Sourav Ganguly would have to prove his fitness on November 1 before joining the squad as captain, Board Secretary S K Nair said while announcing the team in Nagpur on Saturday.

The changes have been made after India's humiliating 342-run defeat, on Friday in the Nagpur Test against Australia, which enabled the visitors to take a winning 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series.

The new faces in the team for Mumbai include Delhi's Gautam Gambhir for the opener's slot, Tamilnadu's Dinesh Karthik as the new wicket-keeper, West Bengal medium pacer SS Paul and Maharashtra batsman Dhiraj Jadhav.

Fast bowler Ashish Nehra is also back in the team.

Captain Sourav Ganguly, who also missed the third Test due to injury, will undergo a fitness test before the last Test match.

Medium pacer Irfan Pathan, who missed the third Test at Nagpur because of injury, has been ruled out for the fourth Test starting in Mumbai on November 3.

* Aussie Skipper Overjoyed: Meanwhile, Australian acting captain, Adam Gilchrist was overcome by emotion as he reflected on Australia's historic Test series win in India. The Aussie skipper said: "It's just a magic feeling. I need time to think about it but it feels like the best experience in my cricketing life. It's great to be able to share the occasion with so many people. There are people at home like [former captain] Steve Waugh and [squad player] Shane Watson who just left us who we are thinking of. G'day to you guys."

Gilchrist, who was forced into a role as stand-in captain for the first three Tests with regular skipper Ricky Ponting out injured, led the team to wins in Bangalore and then Nagpur.

Gilchrist the Aussies wicket-keeper, went on: "Our batting has won the series by us bullding first innings totals but our bowlers have to come through and I couldn't ask for any more of them at any stage.

He added: "It was nice to bag a few catches - there's been a bit of discussion about my keeping but I've felt good and I'm thrilled I got a couple."

Celebrations are now high on the agenda with the final Test not starting until next Wednesday.

"We're going to enjoy this - really enjoy it," Gilchrist said, adding: "It's been a lot of hard work, preparation, perseverance over a couple of years."

Indian captain Rahul Dravid, enduring a wretched series with the bat, said: "These conditions suited them better than us. They adapted better than we did - their experience has shown."

Set 543 to win after the visitors had declared their second innings on 329-5, India were dismissed for just 200 with Jason Gillespie claiming 4-24.

The historic victory finally came when Damien Martyn produced an outstanding catch to dismiss Zaheer Khan off the bowling of Shane Warne.

Warne was the only current team member alive when Bill Lawry's team last led the Aussies to victory in India, in 1969.

It was a happy end for Martyn, who earlier in the day, had missed out on his second century of the match when he was dismissed for 97.

Together with a draw in Chennai, Australia now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with just one Test to follow.

The 15-member Indian Squad for Mumbai is: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, SS Paul, V V S Laxman and Dheeraj Jadhav.


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