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axed from the Test squad for the series against Australia but was initially drafted in for the Delhi Test, only to be withdrawn due to his illness.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.

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    kkr we will win and we need our captain to be fully fit

  • raj on March 23, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I kinda feel sorry for Gambhir - he has served Indian cricket well in the past but he's best days are now behind him. People easily forget his WC Final performance and only remember Dhoni's contribution - if it was not for Gambhir, India would not have won that WC! For the Indians, winning the ODI WC is the ultimate (unlike Aus who value Test much more highly) and straight after a WC win the motivation has been lacking each time. Gambhir will not raise his game to the levels of his peak during and prior to the WC but he deserves respect for the way he has served India in the past - a true fighter!!

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Gambhir We are waiting you to defend the cup

  • Sathish on March 22, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    @josethekochite :: Ya you are right mate . Gambhir is very very consistent in performing badly . so he should replace inconsistent Murali Vijay in Indian test team. Spot on..

  • jose on March 21, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Gambhir please take your time as team India will need your service in the near future itself if you are maintaining good form. I dont think Murali Vijay is a long term option because of his inconsistency..

  • giri on March 21, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    I can't imagine why he was considered for the final test when Rahane is there. Coming to IPL it's individual player's decision whether he wants to play for club or country. But I don't want to see the guys who are not committed for country in the team instead give youngsters who are sitting on the bench and who are hungry for runs and not arrogant a chance to prove.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    my favrite mumbai will win this IPL my x1 maxwell,sachin,ponting,raydu,rohit,pollard,karthik,harbhajan,kulkarni,malinga, nachim.

  • Rahul on March 21, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    guys get a life!! this guy was picked but BCCI decided not to take him based on the doctors report. Its not like he is playing IPL through his jaundice. This is the guy who batted when he could not see because of a concussion in England. He has been dropped from the team and you think he wont want to come back? IPL success in the long term depends on how he performs for India.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    So sad to hear about these players' priorities . If he had to play for his country with kind of illness the illness would have been more serious but because its the IPL all the injuries are made mild.

  • Mahesh on March 21, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    It's that time of a season when all the players suddenly become supermen.

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