Mumbai, Nov. 1 (NNN): Having failed to recover from a groin injury, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will miss this week's fourth and final Test against Australia in Mumbai.
In his absence, Rahul Dravid will continue to lead the team in the match, beginning on Wednesday.
Ganguly had missed the third Test in Nagpur, where Australia won by 342 runs to take a 2-0 lead and clinch their first series in India since Bill Lawry's team triumphed in 1969.
He had hurt himself while fielding in the first Test in Bangalore earlier this month but the injury deteriorated during practice in Nagpur.
Ganguly is India's most successful Test captain with 15 wins in 38 matches.
For the Mumbai Test, India have dropped Akash Chopra, Yuvraj Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Parthiv Patel and brought in newcomers – openers Gautam Gambhir and Dheeraj Jadhav, paceman Shib Shankar Paul and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Of the four, Gambhir and Karthik have played in one-day internationals.
Meanwhile, Aussie skipper Adam Gilchrist said now that his team had clinched the series, its next target will be to win the match starting at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"Though it has been a very good away series win for us after nearly 35 years, I would like to win the Mumbai Test to prove our supremacy," he told reporters after a promotional programme in the city. "We have been fortunate to win the toss in all the three Test matches during this series and I am quite happy to be leading the series 2-0 though I personally would be happy with a 3-0 verdict," said Gilchrist.
Referring to the Nagpur Test, Gilchrist said: "I think the Indians were psyched down by the wicket at Nagpur even before the Test started. Indians should have gone in with three seamers and should have included Ashish Nehra as our batsmen would have found it difficult to play two left arm seamers on a wicket which helped new ball bowlers throughout.”
"Even in the Chennai Test the Indians had an opportunity to close us down but they did not take it and left us off the hook when our batsmen managed to hang out in the middle," he said.
He admitted that winning the series had been a very emotional experience. "It was indeed a very emotional experience specially when you consider that we have not won a series here since 35 years. All the preparations which had gone prior to coming here has been worthwhile and it is a very good feeling to win over here."
Gilchrist also said that at the start of the tour he had not expected a 2-0 lead going into the last Test. "Before we landed here, I had not expected to be in the position that we are in now as the Indian team is a very good team on their own soil. But we had made a lot of efforts in our planning and thankfully we could execute it as planed," he added.
Gilchrist was happy with Indians' hospitality, and said: "it is a great feeling to be in India and their hospitality has to be experienced to be believed and every member has something good to take back home".
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