After 2 years,Indian Opener Gautham Gambhir returns back to Indian Cricket Team for the second Test Match against New Zealand.He replaces injured KL Rahul.KL Rahul had injured his right hamstring during the first test against New Zealand when running between the wickets.
Also,Haryana Offspinner Jayant Yadav replaces Ishanth Sharma as he is yet to recover from chikungunya.34 Year old Gambhir palyed his last test against England and it was also his comeback test as he was dropped in 2012.
Gambhir was picked for the second test match for his performance in Duleep trophy,Domestic first class cricket.He scored 356 runs at an average of 71.20 from five innings.Before his drop in 2012,he was one of the successful opener for India.Along with Virendar Shewag,the pair scored 4412 runs which is most by any opening pair representing India. Gambhir have scored 4046 runs in International Test from 56 tests at an average of 43.
Also,Jayant is known his bowling performance and he topped in Haryana Bowling charts by taking 33 wickets in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy.Also,He holds record breaking partnership with Amit Mishra for scoring 392 runs together and Jayant also adds a double ton to his career in the same match.
Gambhir’s entry will boost India’s batting line-up and it is the time for him to show himself to acquire his place again in the squad.