India news September 2, 2013

Gambhir returns to India from Essex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir has cut short his maiden stint in English county cricket with Essex to return to India for "family reasons", according to a statement released by Essex Cricket. Ignored by the national selectors for a while, Gambhir had signed up with the county in August.

"Gautam Gambhir returned to his native India on Sunday for family reasons," the Essex statement said. "At this stage Essex Cricket and Gautam are unable to make any further comment. Essex Cricket is fully supportive of Gautam and very much hope that he will return to Essex before the end of the 2013 English domestic season."

Gambhir had an underwhelming start with Essex but followed up scores of 31, 21, 2 and 0 with a second-innings hundred on August 30 against Gloucestershire in a drawn match in Bristol.

The short stint with Essex was Gambhir's first outing since the IPL in May. He was not part of the India side for the Champions Trophy, the tri-series in the West Indies and the ODI tour of Zimbabwe. His last game for his country was the final ODI against England at home in Dharamsala in January. He was recalled to the national side for the final Test against Australia in Delhi in March, before missing out after coming down with jaundice.

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  • Ashok on September 8, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It appears Gambhir was either "Homesick" or feeling lonely in the English environment. One has to fight it & be determined to make it. Performance on the field is the main object but off field adjustment is more than half the battle in any foreign land for an Indian. Unless you are happy off the field you never succeed on the field to produce your best. Many Indian Research students working for their Ph.D. in England can attest to that, speaking from my own personal experience.

  • Jithin on September 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Come on Gauti..cant wait to see you in Indian colors

  • Gareth on September 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    The fact that Essex have now basically no chance of gaining promotion after last week's results is of course totally irrelative...

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    hope the best to happen to Gambhir Expecting to return strong in blue jursey as he contributed much to his name and still worthy.....enough and required badly too

  • suresh on September 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Every player goes through a bad phase. I believe, Gambhir has a lot of top class cricket left in him. He should not let this setback affect him and has to put in extra effort to come back strong.If he does not, he will have only himself to blame.

  • Vinod on September 2, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    wish him good luck to get back to team india. he was already enjoying the reputation of a big match player for quite sometime before this recession of form. those days were not too far and hope he gets back into the groove of things soon.

  • Sriram on September 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Here is hoping everything ok with Gauti and his family. Good luck

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    He will come back after some time in Indian Team. This should happened withRohit and Raina As well so they can also realize the Situation, and others will get the chance to make the place in India team....

  • Yash on September 2, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Now Sehwag should join with Essex so that he can come in form.

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