Gambhir expected to be called back in India team


28 September, 2016

India Today is reporting that the Delhi batsman has been called up to Kolkata as a replacement for KL Rahul in the Indian Test squad now playing New Zealand.

The 34-year-old Delhi lad played his last Test in August 2014, on India's tour to England.

Now it remains to be seen if Gambhir gets to play or the team management decides to play Dhawan with Vijay at the Eden Gardens.

India have a back-up opener in left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

Meanwhile, Haryana offspinner Jayant Yadav, who hasn't earned any cap for the India team, has also been named a part of the squad in place of Ishant Sharma, who still hasn't recovered in time from chikungunya, the vector-borne disease.

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Gautam Gambhir has 4046 runs in test matches at an average of 42.58 in the 56 matches.

Gambhir fans has demanded his inclusion in the squad during the final of Duleep Trophy by putting out a banner at the Greater Noida stadium but he was ignored, only to be picked now.

Selection Committee has named Gautam Gambhir as Rahul's replacement for the next two Test matches. "Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test", the release added. The left-hander scored 94, 36, 90, 59 and 77 to led India Blue to the title.

Gambhir has had his problems in the past against the delivery seaming away from him, but seam is unlikely to be a big factor in Kolkata, the venue for the second Test starting Friday.

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