Ousted India opener Gautam Gambhir was on Tuesday reviewed to the Indian Test team, after a crevice of more than two years, for the rest of the continuous three-match series against the New Zealand side.
Gautam Gambhir will replace KL Rahul who was ruled with a damage in his right hamstring. Rahul sustained the injury while running between the wickets amid India’s second innings and did not take further part in the main Test that the hosts won by 197 runs at Kanpur.
Gambhir, 34, last played a Test for India against England at The Oval in August 2014. By chance, in those days as well, Gambhir was making his Test rebound. In any case, his count of 356 keeps running at a normal of 71.2 in the three matches of the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy for India Blue, made him a most loved to take up the spot left empty by the harmed Karnataka batsman.
“BCCI medical team has confirmed that team India opener, KL Rahul has an injury in his right hamstring and he is ruled out for the remainder of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said in a release.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gautam Gambhir as Rahul’s replacement for the next two Test matches,” he added.
Pacer Ishant Sharma too had been precluded of the second Test, to be played in Kolkata from September 30, as he continues to recover from chikungunya that forced him to sit out of India’s 500th Test. Jayant Yadav has been named as his substitution. The uncapped Haryana offspinner has been compensated for his great show in Australia where he grabbed seven wickets at a average of 22.57 in the two unofficial Tests against the hosts.
“Medium pacer Ishant Sharma is recovering and won’t be available for the second Test of the series to played in Kolkata,” the release said.
“BCCI medical Team will continue to monitor his progress. Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test.”