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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  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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..

  • dummy4fb 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

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