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Gautam Gambhir has made his comeback into the Indian test side. He has been picked as reserve opener in the 18-member squad that would travel to England next month for a 5-match test series.
Gambhir had been out of the Indian team since the last one and half years. But, because of some good performances in the domestic circuit, the selectors have decided to give him a go again.
However, the chances are very low that the Delhi left hander would be able to find a place in the playing XI at least in the first couple of test matches.
The Indian captain MS Dhoni would probably like to go with the regular opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay and then, if one of those two fails regularly, Gambhir would get his opportunity.
Gambhir has had a lot of experience in test match cricket. He has played more than 50 test matches and his numbers are pretty good in that form of the game. He had actually had a sensational start to his test career, but, he lost his way after a while and ended up being axed from the Indian team.
If Gambhir comes good for India in the test series against England, he would make a claim for return in the One Day International side as well. With World Cup just about 8-9 months away, the selectors would want to start shaping up the team now.
In the last ODI World Cup which was played in 2011, Gambhir was the highest run scorer for India. He had played a superb inning of 97 in the final match to guide India to the title.
Gambhir averages about 44 in test matches and about 40 in One Day International Cricket.
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Virat Kohli seems to have lost his form a little bit in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. The star batsman who is considered by many as the best player in the world hasn’t managed to contribute that much for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore so far. He has already had two ducks under his belt in the tournament.
Virat’s poor form has affected RCB a lot as despite being one of the best teams; the Red army hasn’t made a significant impact in IPL 7. They were expected to be in top 2 in the table for most parts of the tournament, but, that hasn’t happened. They are not even in top 4 at the moment.
On paper, RCB has got a very dangerous batting line up, but, the reality is that quite a few of their big names have been out of form. Yuvraj Singh is clearly not the kind of player that he once was and the same goes for Chris Gayle as well. So, the team relies heavily on Virat and AB De Villiers and unfortunately, these two haven’t been at their best either.
The next match that RCB has to play is against the Mumbai Indians who are struggling big time. They are at the last position in the table. So, the Red shirts will be the favourites in that game, but, they need their top order which includes Virat and Gayle to fire.
As far as RCB’s bowling is concerned, it has been doing alright. There is quite a bit of pace in there in the form of Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron and their spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has also been impressive. So, that department is looking good, but, it’s their batting which needs to deliver.
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