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 who played his last international match back in 2014, has been in tremendous form and made a powerful impact during the Dulip Trophy, India’s first class Cricket tournament.
“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,
In the Dulip Trophy, Gautam scored a total of 356 runs in just five innings that too at an average of 71.20.
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.
In Ishant’s absence, uncapped Haryana player, offspinner Jayant Yadav is expected to play.
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.
He then made a comeback in 2014 during India’s Test series against England but was dropped again due to poor performance.
Overall, Gambhir has scored 4046 runs in 56 Tests at an average of 42.58, with nine centuries under his belt.