India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

Gambhir flies home after grandmother's death

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November 18, 2012

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Gautam Gambhir returned to Delhi midway through the first Test due to the death of his maternal grandmother © AFP
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Gautam Gambhir has left the Indian team midway during the Ahmedabad Test against England and returned to Delhi because of the death of his maternal grandmother, Asha Gulati, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night. He is likely to join the squad on Monday morning, according to Gambhir's spokesperson.

Gambhir did not take the field on the third evening, but was in the dressing room. Ajinkya Rahane has been on the field in his place.

England have avoided the innings defeat in the Test, and India will have to bat again if set a target. Gambhir, therefore, is unlikely to open the innings because he has been off the field for an extended period for reasons other than an external injury.

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Posted by Pathiyal on (November 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

noteworthy comments & fantastic to read them (surprisingly)! Heartfelt condolences to Gautam Gambir.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Very sad news. May her soul rest in peace. I hope Gambhir will over come this loss. It is individual decision whether to stay with the team or to stay with the near and dear ones. We should allow the person to take a decision and support the person. I hope he will come back and play in the second innings.

Posted by subbass on (November 18, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Some days sport does not matter but it's all about how some deal with bereavement some choose to play through the emotional pain, it's all down to the individual and whatever choice is made should be backed by one and all.

Posted by QTS_ on (November 18, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Brings back memories of Sachin leaving the World Cup in 1999 owing to his father's death, while IND lost to ZIM (his replacement, Ramesh, scored 50+ though). He came back reportedly on his mother's insistence, who presumably did not want him to abandon the national interest (cricket world cup was of utmost value to the people, despite being just a sport), hence demonstrating selflessness for the country. His contributions after the return included a 140 against KEN and an useful 45 against the crunch match against PAK.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 18, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Sad news for him. Family is more important than cricket. Would be good if he can play 2nd test however, as it would be good to see a full strength India side play a re-molded and aggressive England.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 18, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Heartfelt condolences to Gambhir. The magnitude of this loss can't be put in words knowing that he is very close to her. Go Gambhir, go and spend your time with her. You won't see her again.

Posted by BlueLightning on (November 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

All those who are criticizing Gambhir's decision to go back to be with his family during this time of grief, PLEASE GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT!

My sincere condolences to GG's family.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Condolences to Gambhir family. I am disappointed to see some "country comes first" comments. I am a die-hard cricket fan, but in the end this is just a game--a source of entertainment. Although we attach "national pride" to this game, it is just a game played for the entertainment of viewers. Gambhir did the right thing.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I think we don't play any sports for the pride of our country, entirely. It's just an recreational or entertaining activity. Its something for personal achievements or mile stones. I don't see if losing or winning makes much of a difference to the pride of a country.. but losing a family member means a lot.... People get a life think with mind rather then heart........ let the game be a Game only..

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

i would open with Virat Kohli since he is a man in form, he opens in one day, and we all know when kohli has one bad innings, he follows it with a huge one, send kohli to open with sehwag.

Posted by JayPmorgan on (November 18, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

@Sagnik Sen , very well said !

Posted by Big3BOSS on (November 18, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

People criticising Gambhir, please note that even if he had stayed he may have got an unplayable ball tommorow and got out on 0. Then he would have felt sorry all life for not going to funeral,so his decision to leave ( its not as if its war ..its just cricket for godsake).

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Hopefully for england side, no relatives or close friends of cook and/or prior get unwell or die...otherwise england's position will get very bad....

Posted by Truesupporter on (November 18, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

What is wrong with these Indian supporters? ''Country comes first''??? Myself being a Sri Lankana i completely agree with leaving the match and going for the matter if it is a World Cup game...Family Is Family.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Sad news. Condolences to the grieving family. BTW, talk is cheap especially on the web. If you are really patriotic, than don't waste time by giving lectures to others. Join the army etc and show that you truly care. Doubting Gambhir's commitment in times like this is just pathetic. Later.

Posted by Neeta on (November 18, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@spot_on: You say and admit it is a great loss yet you are admonishing Gambhir for leaving the match midway. Kohli was able to do that as his team was playing the Ranji match in Delhi only. That's why he was able to come and play but Gauti has to go back from Ahemdabad to Delhi. Having said that, I hope the Indian team doesn't require Gambhir for tomorrow and finish off the job without him though it has been made a bit difficult by Cook and Prior's superb partnership.

Posted by spot_on on (November 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Virat Kohli played for his team when his dad passed away... This shows the passion of people for the game.. Please let this fella sit out for a while.. Bring in some lad who actually is passionate about the game. It's a great loss, I agree but this guy hadn't made any significant contribution for the last couple of years or so..

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Is he going to come back on 5th day? Most likely not (sachin came back in world cup after his fathers death) Not sure if india requires gambhir tomorrow.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

That's sad news! R.I.P. I heard Gautam was very close to his grandmother so its obvious he has to go. I know he shouldn't have left the Test match in between but pressure from his family and because he was so close to her, he had to go.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Condolences to Gambhir's family

@varunsinghal: what do you mean by Country comes first? This is a professional game called cricket played for money which gives entertainment to others. Gambhir is not a soldier from the border. His leaving the game will not affect anyones life, at best it can affect the result of a game. I think he did the correct thing by going back when his family needs him and also this is for him probably the last chance to convey some respect and love for his grandma in some sense.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Condolences to the bereaved family. Family should come first, especially in tough times like this. All the best to India.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Our condolances with GG. Wishing his grandmom peaceful journey ahead!

Posted by Mikecricket on (November 18, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Wishes to the Gambhir family

Posted by varunsinghal on (November 18, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

It is a tough time for Gambhir's family but country come first above all......

Posted by Mitch1066 on (November 18, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Wishes gambhir family are best wishes and hope to get see gambhir play again son

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (November 18, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

@TestOfTime yes mate that was poor form, and in my own defence i had also read the 3rd days report and i thought i was posting on that, sorry for any offense

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 18, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

He probably close to his grandmother to go home.

Posted by TestOfTime on (November 18, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@ rickyvoncanterbury , Dude, seriously how is your comment in any way relevant to the above article? Are you just a troll? It is a tough time for the Gambhir family. Hope he gets the strength to deal with the loss.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (November 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

At least the English still have Monty and Finn, but as a few famous English philosophers have said in the past,..." it's like changing deckchairs on the Titanic"

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