IPL 2013 news March 21, 2013

Gambhir expects to be fit within a week

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir, the India opener, expects to recover from the jaundice that forced him to miss the Delhi Test within a week. Gambhir is captain of the defending IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders and he is set to be fit in time to play the first game, which starts on April 3.

"Gautam is suffering from mild jaundice, and the doctor has prescribed rest because he is feeling weak," Gambhir's spokesperson said. "He should bounce back in maximum a week's time. There is no speculation at this stage about IPL." Venky Mysore, CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders said that Gambhir "should be ready to play before the first game". Gambhir also confirmed his availability for the IPL on Twitter.

Gambhir was axed from the Test squad for the series against Australia but was initially drafted in for the Delhi Test, only to be withdrawn due to his illness. He is among the most expensive players in the IPL, having been bought for $2.4m ahead of the 2011 season.