Gautam Gambhir replaces KL Rahul in Test Squad


One of the best Indian opening batsmen Gautam Gambhir is back to team India after a gap of two years. The Delhi batsman was called up to replace the injured player KL Rahul for remaining two home Tests against New Zealand.

Gautam Gambhir

Speaking to Cricinfo, a BCCI insider said, “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”.

Opener KL Rahul injured his right hand while running in between the wickets during the first test match in Kanpur.

Along with Gambhir, uncapped Haryana off-spinner Jayant Yadav will join the test squad shortly.

Jayant replace fast bowler Ishant Sharma who missed the first test because of chikungunya.

The presence of Jayant in the squad raising many questions from everyone because he has played merely forty-two first class matches. He might do well in the Quadrangular A-series in Australia but hasn’t played much first-class cricket.

On the other hand, BCCI picked Gambhir after his stupendous performance in the Duleep Trophy. He scored four half centuries in five innings on an average of 71.20.

Regarding his come back to team India, the batsman posted his feelings on his twitter that he’s experiencing an excitement of a debutante, certainty of experienced, nervousness of a novice.

And he also said in twitter that, he came to Eden with loaded ambitions.

He played his last international match in August 2014 against England and failed to make impact with his twenty-five runs from four innings.  But he rose back with a good form in recent times.