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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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