Gautam Gambhir likely to replace injured K L Rahul for NZ series

By: | Updated: September 27, 2016 2:41 PM

Following the injury, to Indian opener K L Rahul in India's 500th test, inform batsman, Gautam Gambhir might find a place in the Indian squad for the rest of the series against New Zealand.

gautam gambhir, k l rahul, india vs new zealand, india squad vs new zealand, india vs nzGautam Gambhir has 4046 runs in test matches at an average of 42.58 in the 56 matches. (Reuters)

Following the injury, to Indian opener K L Rahul in India’s 500th test, inform batsman, Gautam Gambhir might find a place in the Indian squad for the rest of the series against New Zealand. Rahul suffered a right hamstring injury during his 38 run knock in India’s second innings against the Kiwis in the first match of the series at Kanpur. India won the match by 197 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Rahul, who got dismissed after promising starts in both the innings, did not come out to the field after the India’s batting in the 2nd innings as 12th man Shikhar Dhawan was seen substituting for him. Meanwhile, Gambhir, who was expected to be included in the Indian squad following a string of successful performances in the domestic arena was left out of the Indian team. Cricket lovers all over the country seemed visibly disappointed at the selection that had transpired.

Gambhir, who had last represented India in 2014 England tour is likely to go through a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Gambhir has had a hugely successful career for India as he, along with Virender Sehwag were incredibly formidable at the top of the order. Gambhir has 4046 runs in test matches at an average of 42.58 in the 56 matches. He was dropped out of the team due to poor form. While Gambhir has been trying to get back into the Indian team for years, stellar performances from Shikhar Dhawan and the consistency of Murali Vijay have kept him out of the selectors’ considerations.

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