India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day November 18, 2012

Gambhir flies home after grandmother's death

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Pathiyal on November 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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..

  • dummy4fb 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.

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