County news September 9, 2013

Gambhir to return to Essex

ESPNcricinfo staff

India batsman Gautam Gambhir will return to Essex to play the remainder of the county season. He had to return to India on September 2 because of family reasons, but Gambhir will rejoin the squad on Tuesday in Canterbury, where Essex play a Championship game against Kent from Wednesday.

Gambhir has not played for India since the home ODIs against England in January. A bout of jaundice ruled him out of the subsequent Test series against Australia after he was picked for the first match. Gambhir played the IPL but struggled to find consistency as Kolkata Knight Riders, the team he had led to the title in 2012, finished mid-table.

Aiming to make a comeback to the India squad, Gambhir opted to travel to England for his maiden county stint. He began with 31 against Northamptonshire in a championship match, and then failed to score a half-century in two Yorkshire Bank 40-over matches. He made a duck in the first innings against Gloucestershire but bounced back to score a century in the second.

Essex still have a good chance to get promoted to Division One but for that they will need to finish top two in the table. They are third at the moment and have three matches left: against Kent, followed by Glamorgan and the final match against Hampshire from September 24.*

*22.00BST, September 9: This story was amended to correct Essex's fixtures

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  • RAJARAMAN on September 10, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    GG ... his selection in final XI depends on how SD and MV fare against the WI at home. If they do well, we don't need GG ... if they don't then GG will be valuable in SA and NZ ... GG in recent days has been rendered as a baggage in national team ... he is energetic enough just to play IPL

  • Rakesh on September 10, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @ coldcoffee123 - perfectly put. I am irritated at the number of times he has got out trying to steer the ball to third man. Even school children learn the business logic of risks versus gains. He plays high risks low gains shots and gets out time and again. I agree he needs to work on technique as well as mental control to not try that shot again.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Seniors are resting. India A went to SA and India B is playing NZ. If Ganbhir is not featuring in any of these A and B teams then I guess he will have to play as many First class games and score very heavity to come back into contention for NZ tour (assuming that one or both of the current openers fail to deliver against WI and SA)

  • TR on September 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    I dont know if these matches are video recorded. I would like to see 1. how many balls he poked and missed/edged outside off. 2. How he fared with swinging deliveries and short pitched deliveries (body line). 3. How his fielding was. Especially if he is able to throw the ball from the deep in to keepers gloves. To my knowledge these were his major weaknesses. Of course I dont expect him to dive and field/catch balls. That might be too late to develop. Centuries do not matter if he has not improved in these areas significantly.

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 - spot on. Entirely agree. Gambhir's technique is poor. He thought getting back into the team would not be too difficult (wrong). He left it too late to join a county team (done as an afterthought?)

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Gambhir seems to be a fading force, as were India in Test matches until recently.

  • shankar on September 9, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Too little, too late. I have no idea what is he hoping to achieve by playing 2 matches for Essex. He should have joined a county immediately after he was dropped from India squads. He was under the impression that the new openers will fail in the Champions trophy making his return a certainty. Now he sees that that did not happen and his SA selection is uncertain, so he decided to try county cricket. He thinks that to come back to the Indian squad, he has to score runs. The truth is, he needs to work on his technique. He has been poking outside off stump for 4 years now. Too little, too late.

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    An excellent news. I was worried that Gambhir is losing out on valuable match time in tough English conditions. Hopefully all his problems are resolved and he should be able to play with an uncluttered mind in his final two matches for the County team and help them regain the promotion to Division 1 of County Championship. After coming back to India, he will have to perform in the Challenger Trophy helping his side Delhi against India A and India B in September end followed by some Duleep Trophy matches. I hope he is able to make a comeback to the Indian side after performing well in these matches.

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