Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has returned to the Indian Test side two years after representing his country. The 34-year-old was called up for the remaining home Tests against New Zealand in place of K L Rahul who is suffering from a thigh injury. Rahul had injured his right hamstring while running between the wickets in the first Test in Kanpur.
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper was recalled after impressive performances in the Duleep Trophy, India's domestic first-class tournament. The left-hander scored 356 in just five innings at an average of 71.20 which made it tough for the selectors to ignore.
Gambhir last played for India during their tour of India in 2014 where he scored only 25 from four innings as India lost the series 3-1. Overall, Gambhir has a good record in the longest format of the game, scoring 4,046 runs in 56 Tests at an average of 42.58 with nine centuries to his name.
India's premier fast-bowler Ishant Sharma who missed the first Test due to fever will not play the second Test as he is yet to recover. Uncapped off-spinner from Haryana, Jayant Yadav, has been brought in as cover.
Below are some tweets on Gautam Gambhir's recall to the Indian Test side.