Gambhir poised to end Test exile

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India opener Gautam Gambhir seems likely to play his first Test in over two years after it was revealed that Shikhar Dhawan will miss the series finale against New Zealand with a fractured thumb.

New Zealand paceman Trent Boult struck Dhawan on the left thumb twice during the second innings in Kolkata causing a small fracture.

India's media manager Nishant Arora confirmed the injury: "Shikhar has a "very minor fracture" on his hand. He is under observations, and he has been advised 15 days' rest.

"So he is ruled out for the next Test match. The selectors have been informed."

Gambhir is enjoying a revival in a career that appeared to be in decline after a disappointing series against England where the left hander managed only 25 runs in four innings.

The southpaw was one of the most consistent performers of India's Duleep trophy, scoring 356 runs in five innings with four half-centuries.

The 34 year old has scored over 4000 Test runs at an average of 42.58 but scored the last of his nine Test tons back in 2010 against Bangladesh.

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