India captain Virat Kohli ruled out of fourth Test against Australia

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 30: Virat Kohli of India looks on during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

India captain Virat Kohli is out of the fourth and final Test against Australia due to his shoulder injury.

The star batsman had said he would only play in Dharamsala if fully fit, but was left out of the team on Saturday.

Kohli’s absence is a huge blow to India, whose series against Australia is locked at 1-1 ahead of the decider.

However, Kohli has struggled throughout, making just 46 runs at an average of 9.20.

Ajinkya Rahane will captain India, with debutant spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking Kohli’s place in the XI.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Ishant Sharma in India’s only other alteration. Australia are unchanged.

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