India news June 30, 2011

Gambhir says he's fit for England tour

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Gautam Gambhir, the India opener, has said he is fit for the upcoming tour of England. He was ruled out of India's ongoing tour of the West Indies after aggravating a shoulder injury that he sustained during the World Cup final.

"I am back at my full fitness and feeling fresh both physically and mentally," Gambhir told PTI. "The pain that I had in my shoulder is gone."

Gambhir captained Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, held immediately after the World Cup, and had rubbished claims that he covered up the injury to play in the tournament. He was advised four to six weeks' rest by Andrew Leipus, the Kolkata Knight Riders trainer, which led him to miss the Caribbean tour.

He recently spent a week at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where he was monitored by physio Nitin Patel.

"Before returning from Bangalore I batted in the nets against the likes of Sreesanth and I didn't feel any discomfort," he said on his return to Delhi. "I will resume practice in a day or two."

If selected for the tour of England it will be Gambhir's first Test series in the country. Looking ahead to the tour, Gambhir said he had been working on tightening his technique to counter the swing and seam that India are likely to face during the series. "I think it begins with mental adjustment," he said. "One has to see the ball early and play it late. For some time now I'm not playing on the rise. At the top level one has to tighten up his game and I have done that.

"In England, you can't drive on the up till you are very sure. There are other strokes one should avoid. I'll do the rest when I reach there."

Gambhir, who has played 38 Tests averaging 51.33, warned against taking England lightly. "I think England are the team to beat besides South Africa at the moment. They have their tails up and boast a world-class attack, which has really tall fast bowlers and a spinner who is pretty good as well."

India's team for the Test series in England will be picked on July 2.

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  • on July 2, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    VERY GOOD NEWS 1.A MUKAND 2.GAMBHIR 3.DRAVID 4.SACHIN 5.LAXMAN 6.RAINA 7.DHONI 8.HARBHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.MUNAF 11.ISHANT 12.ROHIT 13.OJHA 14.MITHUN 15.YUVRAJ.16.PRAVEEN

  • S.N.Singh on July 2, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I THINK INDIA SHOULD GO WITH THEIR FITTES TEAM TO ENGLAND. YUV RAJ SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM. HE IS AND ADDITION TO THE BOWLING TEAM. YUV RAJ, SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, SREESANT, ZAHEER , PUJARA,TENDULKAR,DRAVID, DHONI,HARBHAJAN, RAINA,PARVEEN, INSHAN SHARMA, ROHIT SHARMA, KHOLI,PATEL. THE BEST TEAM FOR THE BEST RESULT. INDIA WILL NEED THE BEST FAST/MEDIUM BOWLERS FOR ANY CONDITION. S.N.SINGH U.S.A

  • on July 1, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @yavaid my frnd i said as reserve opener or if sehwag is unavailable uthappa is the best n ideal choice..if india wants to stay at the top they need atleast one attacking opener like sehwag as sehwag played few cruicial knocks in tests n is one of the top test batsmen with avg 53+..even he is not succesful tht much in shorter format..in foregn conditons uthappa is perfect replacement for sehwag even after sehwag retires..he can smash bowlers like steyn,johnson n lee..he is not goood vs spin but surely better against quicks.atleast better than vijay ,mukund or badri who struggles against short pitch bowling..my team for eng series SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,DRAVID,TENDULKAR,LAXMAN,DHONI(C),RAINA,YUVRAJ,BHAJJI,ASHWIN/MISHRA,UTHAPPA,ZAHEER,PK,ISHANT,SREESANTH,VARUN AARON/UMESH YADAV..

  • on July 1, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    really good news as without him india will struggle a lot and to whom say he cant handle pace say his scores in SA

  • flyingmachinee on July 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @tick......Scoring more than 250 runs doesnt matter,winning the test match and series matters...........

  • howizzat on July 1, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Sehwag is not fully fit. Ruling him out, my test squad is, 1.A MUKAND 2.GAMBHIR 3.DRAVID 4.SACHIN 5.LAXMAN 6.RAINA 7.DHONI 8.HARBHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.MUNAF 11.ISHANT 12.VIJAY 13.OJHA 14.MITHUN 15.YUVRAJ. Second WK is not considered as Dravid can keep wickets. Yuvraj is prefered as he can bowl as well.

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on July 1, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @tick-INDIA isnt scoring more than 200 intentionally....so that the match ends soon...if we score more its still gonna be the same...weather permitting WI are gonna loose 3-0...n you poms beware...your self-claimed best team is going to be ripped apart by THE BEST TEAM!

  • CandidIndian on July 1, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    fazlanka-Any talented bowler will have him in tatters? Gambhir smashed all SL bowlers in world cup final ,by your logic none of the SL bowlers are talented then lol.

  • indianzen on July 1, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Praveen will be lethal, the problem is his medium phase, whether to hit or to leave will be the problem. But i think its time to show bajji the doors and give the chance to mishra/Ashwin...

  • KrazyCricketKid on July 1, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    MY TEST SQUAD: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.VVS Laxman 6.Yuvraj Singh 7.MS Dhoni (Capt. & Wk) 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Sreesanth ( < STARTING XI) 12.Rohit Sharma 13.Amit Mishra 14.Praveen Kumar 15.Suresh Raina 16.Pragyan Ojha

  • on July 2, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    VERY GOOD NEWS 1.A MUKAND 2.GAMBHIR 3.DRAVID 4.SACHIN 5.LAXMAN 6.RAINA 7.DHONI 8.HARBHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.MUNAF 11.ISHANT 12.ROHIT 13.OJHA 14.MITHUN 15.YUVRAJ.16.PRAVEEN

  • S.N.Singh on July 2, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I THINK INDIA SHOULD GO WITH THEIR FITTES TEAM TO ENGLAND. YUV RAJ SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM. HE IS AND ADDITION TO THE BOWLING TEAM. YUV RAJ, SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, SREESANT, ZAHEER , PUJARA,TENDULKAR,DRAVID, DHONI,HARBHAJAN, RAINA,PARVEEN, INSHAN SHARMA, ROHIT SHARMA, KHOLI,PATEL. THE BEST TEAM FOR THE BEST RESULT. INDIA WILL NEED THE BEST FAST/MEDIUM BOWLERS FOR ANY CONDITION. S.N.SINGH U.S.A

  • on July 1, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @yavaid my frnd i said as reserve opener or if sehwag is unavailable uthappa is the best n ideal choice..if india wants to stay at the top they need atleast one attacking opener like sehwag as sehwag played few cruicial knocks in tests n is one of the top test batsmen with avg 53+..even he is not succesful tht much in shorter format..in foregn conditons uthappa is perfect replacement for sehwag even after sehwag retires..he can smash bowlers like steyn,johnson n lee..he is not goood vs spin but surely better against quicks.atleast better than vijay ,mukund or badri who struggles against short pitch bowling..my team for eng series SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,DRAVID,TENDULKAR,LAXMAN,DHONI(C),RAINA,YUVRAJ,BHAJJI,ASHWIN/MISHRA,UTHAPPA,ZAHEER,PK,ISHANT,SREESANTH,VARUN AARON/UMESH YADAV..

  • on July 1, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    really good news as without him india will struggle a lot and to whom say he cant handle pace say his scores in SA

  • flyingmachinee on July 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @tick......Scoring more than 250 runs doesnt matter,winning the test match and series matters...........

  • howizzat on July 1, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Sehwag is not fully fit. Ruling him out, my test squad is, 1.A MUKAND 2.GAMBHIR 3.DRAVID 4.SACHIN 5.LAXMAN 6.RAINA 7.DHONI 8.HARBHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.MUNAF 11.ISHANT 12.VIJAY 13.OJHA 14.MITHUN 15.YUVRAJ. Second WK is not considered as Dravid can keep wickets. Yuvraj is prefered as he can bowl as well.

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on July 1, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @tick-INDIA isnt scoring more than 200 intentionally....so that the match ends soon...if we score more its still gonna be the same...weather permitting WI are gonna loose 3-0...n you poms beware...your self-claimed best team is going to be ripped apart by THE BEST TEAM!

  • CandidIndian on July 1, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    fazlanka-Any talented bowler will have him in tatters? Gambhir smashed all SL bowlers in world cup final ,by your logic none of the SL bowlers are talented then lol.

  • indianzen on July 1, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Praveen will be lethal, the problem is his medium phase, whether to hit or to leave will be the problem. But i think its time to show bajji the doors and give the chance to mishra/Ashwin...

  • KrazyCricketKid on July 1, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    MY TEST SQUAD: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.VVS Laxman 6.Yuvraj Singh 7.MS Dhoni (Capt. & Wk) 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Sreesanth ( < STARTING XI) 12.Rohit Sharma 13.Amit Mishra 14.Praveen Kumar 15.Suresh Raina 16.Pragyan Ojha

  • samincolumbia on July 1, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    @tick...England at full strength were all out for 51 in a test match in WI just a couple of years ago !! India's 3rd string team scored 200...Not bad, huh?

  • rohanblue on June 30, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    ia gaiuti is back!!!!!!!!!, cnt wait to see him in indian colours.....

  • Rahulbose on June 30, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Can't wait for Ind v Eng to start. With all the talk about Eng seam attack, I am hoping India play Praveen Kumar in tests. His type of slow medium swing bowling can be very successful in English conditions.

  • Sanath-aiyya on June 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    who cares about gambhir really? is this news..he wanted to play in the IPl to he sat out WI tour. a really talented bowler will have him in tatters.

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on June 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Only three Indian Batsmen can face REAL FAST Bowling: Sachin, VVS & Dravid. Gauti is good too but hasn't proven himself. Viru can't. His technique and temparement is not consistent. England vs. India will be a good test. WI pitches have bee juicy. Good for cricket! :)

  • bigdhonifan on June 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    @tick this is our team with out Gambhir, Sachin, Yuvi and Sehwag... then also we score 200+.... with them we score 450 easily!!!

  • donda on June 30, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    The way indian openers are playing in WI , i think India needs two Gautams and two Sehwags in Eng , if one of them get injured they can use duplicate otherwise these new openers will not spend more than 5 overs in Eng.

    India needs their best 15 to play against eng in eng. No new comers and rookies should be use in eng. Best Indian 11 can beat eng definitely.

  • vj3478 on June 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Welcome back and gl Gauti.

  • tick on June 30, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    @khiladisher...first score more than 250 against westindies...lolz.........

  • I.Suresh on June 30, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Selectors please try with Varun Aaron for England series as he has genuine pace (140 - 150 kph) with decent line & length.. He can definitely trouble the England batsman with raw pace... Give RP Singh an opportunity to prove his worth... I want to see Ishant bowl more than 90 mph consistently in England series.. Zaheer & Praveen will surely do well .. All the very best to team India for winning the series in England!

  • kanishkazico on June 30, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    India need their best 15 players for the tour to England, if they want to have an chance of beating England in Test series, so Viru, Gauti, Sachin, Zaheer, Sreeshanth all are hopefully fit

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Is it too late to include Ghambir for the 3rd test WI v india?? Would much prefer him over Vijay.

  • Angad11 on June 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Welcome back Champ. Hope you rock as you always do. Good luck and God bless u.

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    wondering if GG is fit, can he be selected for the 3rd test against the WI, will get him some useful match practice

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    I am so looking forward to this series getting underway. For all my money , this will be the Best batting side in the world taking on the most fierce bowling attack in the world in Test Cricket at the moment. Both the teams will go in on a high from thier recent success and that too in the birthplace of cricket. All in all this sounds like a cracker of a series in store. The likes of Sehwag, Sachin , Gautam, Dravid , VVS and Yuvraj against Anderson, Bresnan, Temlett, Broad and Swann. It doesnt get any better than this methinks and Test Cricket will be at its best. Bring It on and on and on.

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Gambhir's Test performance has tapered off after a great comeback in '08 and '09. Given that he is a certainty, if fit, he along with other resting certainties, should be sent early to Eng to acclimatize to the weather and conditions there by the cricket board. This would ensure they won't be rusty by the time the our starts like it happened to 'rested' players on the WI tour.

  • couchpundit on June 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @Mohaseen Khan - > dude either you are uthappa in an alias name or his relative/sponsor. We all saw he didnt do good(per international standards) in his earlier outings, and he had a torrid T20 showing against good bowling in this IPL season, which is the only team he can get into at this point of time.

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    THE FINAL SQUAD FOR THE FIRST TEST AT LORDS-SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,DRAVID,SACHIN,LAXMAN,RAINA,DHONI,HARBHAJAN,ZAHEER,PRAVEEN,MUNAF TIME TO SHOW WHY WE HAVE A 8-3 RECORD AGAINST THE ENGLISH IN THE LAST 20 YEARS OF TEST CRICKET.ALL INDIANS ARE HOPING FOR THE REPEAT OF THE 3-0 THRASHING OF ENGLAND -1992. WAY TO GO BOYS,TELL THEM ITS NOT THE ASHES. ENGLISH BOWLERS WOULD STRUGGLE TO GET WICKETS AND INDIAN SCORES IN EXCESS OF 450 PREDICTED EVERY INNINGS

  • Smithie on June 30, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Will he be any better at dealing with chin music than the current lot out in the WI? Fletcher must have a few concerns knowing that Tremlett has called for bouncy pitches. Bring it on !!!!

  • on June 30, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Good news - we need Gambo to be fit & firing against England. He is a key man & has a big role to play to repel the in form England bowlers. His importance to India has been illustrated all too well by the abysmal performances of the stand openers in the current series in the Carribean. Gambo cant come back soon enough.

  • on June 30, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    THIS TIME UTHAPPA SHOULD BE SELECTED AS RESERVE OPENER AS WELL AS WICKET KEEPER IN ENG BOTH FOR ODI N TEST..HE CAN ATTACK IF SEHWAG IS UNAVAILABLE FOR GAME OR TWO..AND ALSO HE IS IDEAL ON FOREIGN FAST N BOUNCY TRACKS INSTEAD OF USELESS SUB CONTINENT SPECIALISTS LIKE PARTHIV PATEL ,VIJAY OR BADRINATH..GUYS LIKE UTHAPPA ,YUVRAJ N ROHIT SHARMA ,DHONI,TENDULKAR ARE BETTER HOOKERS N PULLERS OF THE BALL ....SO NOW ATLEAST SELECTORS NEED TO THINK ABOUT TALENT OUTSIDE CHENNAI..ATLEAST FOR BOUNCY N SWINGING ENG CONDITIONS ..

  • Hells_XI on June 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    This is good news for India !! Gambhir is a very key player in the forthcoming tour of england ! Just hope that he is back among the run after the lay off !!

  • on June 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Fantastic News, just hope his partner in crime also gets fit somehow

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  • on June 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Fantastic News, just hope his partner in crime also gets fit somehow

  • Hells_XI on June 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    This is good news for India !! Gambhir is a very key player in the forthcoming tour of england ! Just hope that he is back among the run after the lay off !!

  • on June 30, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    THIS TIME UTHAPPA SHOULD BE SELECTED AS RESERVE OPENER AS WELL AS WICKET KEEPER IN ENG BOTH FOR ODI N TEST..HE CAN ATTACK IF SEHWAG IS UNAVAILABLE FOR GAME OR TWO..AND ALSO HE IS IDEAL ON FOREIGN FAST N BOUNCY TRACKS INSTEAD OF USELESS SUB CONTINENT SPECIALISTS LIKE PARTHIV PATEL ,VIJAY OR BADRINATH..GUYS LIKE UTHAPPA ,YUVRAJ N ROHIT SHARMA ,DHONI,TENDULKAR ARE BETTER HOOKERS N PULLERS OF THE BALL ....SO NOW ATLEAST SELECTORS NEED TO THINK ABOUT TALENT OUTSIDE CHENNAI..ATLEAST FOR BOUNCY N SWINGING ENG CONDITIONS ..

  • on June 30, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Good news - we need Gambo to be fit & firing against England. He is a key man & has a big role to play to repel the in form England bowlers. His importance to India has been illustrated all too well by the abysmal performances of the stand openers in the current series in the Carribean. Gambo cant come back soon enough.

  • Smithie on June 30, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Will he be any better at dealing with chin music than the current lot out in the WI? Fletcher must have a few concerns knowing that Tremlett has called for bouncy pitches. Bring it on !!!!

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    THE FINAL SQUAD FOR THE FIRST TEST AT LORDS-SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,DRAVID,SACHIN,LAXMAN,RAINA,DHONI,HARBHAJAN,ZAHEER,PRAVEEN,MUNAF TIME TO SHOW WHY WE HAVE A 8-3 RECORD AGAINST THE ENGLISH IN THE LAST 20 YEARS OF TEST CRICKET.ALL INDIANS ARE HOPING FOR THE REPEAT OF THE 3-0 THRASHING OF ENGLAND -1992. WAY TO GO BOYS,TELL THEM ITS NOT THE ASHES. ENGLISH BOWLERS WOULD STRUGGLE TO GET WICKETS AND INDIAN SCORES IN EXCESS OF 450 PREDICTED EVERY INNINGS

  • couchpundit on June 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @Mohaseen Khan - > dude either you are uthappa in an alias name or his relative/sponsor. We all saw he didnt do good(per international standards) in his earlier outings, and he had a torrid T20 showing against good bowling in this IPL season, which is the only team he can get into at this point of time.

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Gambhir's Test performance has tapered off after a great comeback in '08 and '09. Given that he is a certainty, if fit, he along with other resting certainties, should be sent early to Eng to acclimatize to the weather and conditions there by the cricket board. This would ensure they won't be rusty by the time the our starts like it happened to 'rested' players on the WI tour.

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    I am so looking forward to this series getting underway. For all my money , this will be the Best batting side in the world taking on the most fierce bowling attack in the world in Test Cricket at the moment. Both the teams will go in on a high from thier recent success and that too in the birthplace of cricket. All in all this sounds like a cracker of a series in store. The likes of Sehwag, Sachin , Gautam, Dravid , VVS and Yuvraj against Anderson, Bresnan, Temlett, Broad and Swann. It doesnt get any better than this methinks and Test Cricket will be at its best. Bring It on and on and on.

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    wondering if GG is fit, can he be selected for the 3rd test against the WI, will get him some useful match practice