India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 4, 2013

Gambhir likely to be recalled for Zimbabwe tour


MS Dhoni, who injured his right hamstring during India's tri-series opener in the West Indies, is likely to be ruled out for India's short tour to Zimbabwe that begins July 24. If Dhoni is indeed unavailable, Gautam Gambhir is likely to earn a recall into the team.

While announcing India's squad for the Champions Trophy on May 4, the national selectors had also named 21 probables for the ongoing tri-series in the West Indies. Besides the 15 who featured in India's victorious Champions Trophy campaign, the probables included Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Rahul Sharma and Gambhir.

Shami replaced Irfan Pathan after the latter injured himself while training for the West Indies tri-series. Rayudu came in for Dhoni who was ruled out of the tri-series on July 1.

With Tiwary, the only other specialist batsman in the list, having twisted his left knee, Gambhir remains the only viable candidate to lend solidity to what has become an inexperienced India batting line-up. With his experience, Gambhir could also come in handy as a member of the leadership group, thus helping Virat Kohli, who is set to be retained as captain in the event of Dhoni's unavailability.

It will be interesting to see if the selectors opt to rest a few overworked players. Discussions around need for rest could focus on R Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. If Ashwin is indeed rested, Jammu & Kashmir offspinner Parvez Rasool could come in contention along with Rahul Sharma, who is named in the probables.

With the selectors' eyes set on the tour to South Africa later this year, it is possible that Praveen Kumar, who was in the probables, may be given another chance. If the selectors feel the necessity to bring in either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane for the Zimbabwe ODIs ahead of the India's A tour to South Africa, Murali Vijay could be a casualty.

However, with the India A tour to South Africa set to start immediately after the Zimbabwe series' conclusion, it is unlikely that the selectors will try out too many youngsters. With the current group having fared well during the Champions Trophy, it is possible that some of the batsmen, who haven't got enough opportunities, may be asked to join the A team in South Africa.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Seshachalam on July 5, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Nothing personal here. But the selectors should look ahead to the future. No point giving Gambhir a comeback chance. Let's not move backwards. Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji and Yuvraj are past their prime. No need to consider

  • Sidharth on July 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Gauti will definitely add some experience to this Dhoni-less batting line-up, I suppose. Better him than another youngster!

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ Nirmal Menokil yes iam with you but i drop aswin. he just cant able to pick wickets in middle overs. and drop praveen kumar

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Time to give Sanju Samson a go at the Zimbabweans. Perhaps the most exciting talent to emerge in recent times.Plus, remember he can also keep wickets or be a brilliant fielder, as the situation demands.

  • Shajahan on July 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT


    Even if Yuva fits in future, he will not be usefull for future Indian Cricket.He will play 1 or 2 series and will get off.

  • Sridhar on July 5, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    The current lot of players in the WI should be rested as much as possible. My team would be 1. Virat Kohli-Captain 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Parthiv Patel -WK 4. Cheteswar Pujara 5. Manoj Tiwary 6. Ambati Rayudu 7. Unmukt Chand 8. Praveen Kumar 9. Mohit Sharma 10. Sandeep Sharma 11. Dhawal Kulkarni 13. Rahul Sharma 14. Pragyan Ojha 15. Rajat Bhatia.

    Let Gambhir lead the India-A tour to SA and prove his credentials all over again. He should be given a really a hungry- bunch of guys, to see how he handles the resources against some class-opponents. My A-team would be: 1. Gambhir - Captain. 2. Robin Uthappa 3. Murali Vijay 4. Dinesh Karthik - WK 5. Badrinath 6. Mithun Manhas 7. L R Shukla 8. A Mithun 9. S Kaul 10. Sandeep Warrier 11. Pradeep Sangwan 12. Amit Mishra 13. Harmeet Singh 14. Kedar Sharma 15. B. Aparajith. Many of these names would have to play out of their skins to have a chance of making it / back to the national side - and so it could be a great opportunity for the Selectors

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    My dream 11 Sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvaraj,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,praveen,zaheer,umesh.. Any support 4 dz???

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    in my thinking yes gauti,yuvi and zak should be back and they are a very good players yuvi had a tough time after the wc 2011 he is a big match player and gauti is a good batsman and should also think of giving some players rest as ravi ashwin, ravidra jadeja,ishant sharma,umesh yadav and bhuvi ans thinking about the australia comming to india and tour of south africa they should be given rest and new players like varon aaron,rahul sharma,pravess rasol should be come in

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @ dork29 : ha ha..why you are making rohit as a captain ? simply because of ipl na? each and every one knew that Mi success in 2013 ipl because of ponting tactics and moves. yuvi is much much better batsmen than anyone in the side. now he loose 15kg weight. he can roll his arm also.

  • Krishna on July 5, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    The Celkon cup is showing in sharp relief, what MSD can do to this team. What difference his presence makes.Bringing back Gambhir is a retrograde step. we need to look at 2015 - not 2011. Bringing him back is a sure shot way to disaster, since he cannot stand Dhoni and Dhoni is not exactly fond of him. Yuvraj needs to do a lot of hard work to get back into contention. He is fat, unathletic and is wearing a chip on his shoulder. Perpetually angry, he has developed a negative attitude, which is not helping anyone. I would suggest making Rohit Sharma captain instead of Virat Kohli. he should skipper the team to Zimbabwe. That way everything will fall in place.