Gautam Gambhir back in tests
Mumbai: Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir returned to test team after a gap of two years as a replacement to injured KL Rahul for remaining two tests against New Zealand. Rahul picked up right hamstring injury in Kanpur test, while running between the wickets.
Also, fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who missed the first test with chikungunya is also not fully recovered and replaced with new comer Haryana off spinner Jayant Yadav for second test.
Gambhir performed exceptionally well in recently concluded Duleep Trophy matches. He averaged 71 in the domestic first class tournament. Even BCCI sources say that with 12 home test matches to be played in this season, Team India needs some experience at the top.
The 34-year-old left hander, who played last time for India in 2014 against England, tweeted about how excited and nervous he is to represent India again in whites.
“Excitement of a debutant, certainty of experienced, nervousness of a novice…am feeling feeling it all. Eden here I come loaded with ambitions.” Gambhir tweeted.
Gambhir also thanked BCCI and his supporters after getting another chance to don India cap again.
Gambhir’s overall test record is quiet impressive with 4046 runs in 56 Tests at an average of 42.58, with nine centuries and he represented India’s Test team between 2008 and 2012.
At present, Indian team is having two specialist openers without Gambhir. But Shikhar Dhawan’s form is patchy in recent past. This may give Gambhir certain place in playing eleven for second test.