Dravid hurts finger going for hard catch off Ryder

Ahmedabad: India suffered an injury blow on the third day of the opening Test against New Zealand when batting mainstay Rahul Dravid hurt the finger of his right hand when going for a fast-travelling catch off Jesse Ryder on Saturday.

Dravid, two short of becoming the first non-wicketkeeper in Test history to complete 200 catches, got hurt while trying to hold on to the left-handed Ryder’s thick outside edge off Sreesanth when the batsman was on 11 in a team score of 166 for four.

He left the field a few overs after getting hurt and was substituted by reserve Cheteshwar Pujara for the remainder of the second session. He did not come out at the resumption of play in the final session.

Ryder and debutant Kane Williamson then defied the Indian attack for the entire session without being separated as New Zealand advanced to 237 for four when tea was called.

Dravid had scored a hundred and featured in a double century stand with Virender Sehwag who top-scored with 173 in the Indian first innings tally of 487.