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Gautam Gambhir likely to replace injured KL Rahul

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Gautam Gambhir
Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir during a practice session. (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Indian opener KL Rahul’s injury might open the doors for the veteran left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir. One of the latest batting sensations of the Indian batting line-up, Rahul suffered from a right hamstring during India’s second innings of the first Test match at Kanpur.

India went on to win the first Test match by a huge margin of 197 runs, which was India’s historic 500th Test match. Hosts have gone 1-0 up in the three-match series with the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata to host the second Test match, which is India’s 250th Test match at home.

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Indian management is working hard on KL Rahul’s fitness, while the Indian coach Anil Kumble, according to the reports from India Today, has asked to call back the in-form Gautam Gambhir as a backup opener for the second Test in Kolkata, starting September 30.

Gambhir, who played his last Test match against England at the Oval in August 2014 is subjected to undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Association (NCA) in Bengaluru on September 27.

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BCCI described Rahul’s injury as “slight niggle in hamstring”, but if the reports are to be believed, it is expected to be a bit more serious one.

Gambhir on song with the bat:

Considering Gambhir’s recent form, he was rewarded with the captaincy of the India Blue team for this season’s Duleep Trophy tournament.

He opened the innings for India Blue and scored a 90 and 59 in two innings against the India Green and followed it up with a 77 in the washed out game against India Red. In the final against India Red, he had scores of 94 and 36, which helped his side to clinch the title.

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