Delhi player Gautam Gambhir, after a gap of two years, is going to make a comeback in India’s Test Cricket team.
According to reports, BCCI is planning to recall Gambhir to play for rest of the India – New Zealand Test series as opening batsman KL Rahul is out injured due to a hamstring pull and Gambhir’s performance at the domestic level cannot be ignored.
“Gambhir is definitely under consideration because he has been doing extremely well, and even the team management feels that with 12-13 Test matches coming up there needs to be some experience [at the top]” – BCCI official,
Further, he was dismissed only once without getting to a half-century during the tournament.
Besides Gambhir fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who missed the first Test due to chikungunya, is also expected to play in the second Test, though many believe him playing is still in a huge doubt as he is yet to fully recover from the disease which affects the functioning of joints.
Gambhir, who is 34 now was India’s regular opening batsman between 2008 and 2012. He was dropped in 2012 and missed all India’s Tests in 2013 due to a sharp decline in form.
Overall, Gambhir has scored 4046 runs in 56 Tests at an average of 42.58, with nine centuries under his belt.