Is this the end for the southpaw from New Delhi?
New Delhi [12-09-2016] : The team announcement for the upcoming Test series of the Indian side against the New Zealand was not only a setback for Gautam Gambhir but it also brought a huge disappointment for his fans too.
Sandip Patil and company announced the fifteen man squad for the three match Test series against the Black Caps starting from 22nd September.
K.L Rahul who is been in golden touch with the bat has been retained along with the inconsistent Shikhar Dhawan and struggling Rohit Sharma who failed to make an impact in the ongoing Duleep trophy.
Gautam Gambhir who has been in the fine form in the current Duleep trophy failed to make into the good books of the selectors and the captain despite scoring 320 runs at an average of 80 in 4 innings.
On asking about retaining Dhawan in the team, Patil backed his decision by saying “We want him (Dhawan) to come good, not only him; we want all 15 to perform. We have faith in all 15,” was Patil’s response when asked why Dhawan was retained.
He further added “We are very happy with how K L Rahul has settled into the senior team. We have discussed not only Gautam but other seniors also. We have not forgotten the seniors, we discuss a lot of players… we have chosen only 15 players for this series but I am happy to say that we have a big pool of some 30 odd players,”
With age against his side and BCCI’s determinant policy to build up a team for future, Gautam’s chances for getting a national ticket are barely left.
Last time when the left hander got an opportunity for the national side he had a terrible outing in England where he failed to cross even the 20 runs mark in an innings. However it was not that he lost his touch or his time was over. The entire team felt helpless in the overcast conditions where the red cherry tested the batsman’s skill.
Even at the age of 34 his quench to score runs has not fulfilled yet. After a remodeled stance and a bold approach, he was undoubtedly the best India southpaw in the IPL 9 and his classy touch continued in the Duleep trophy too.
The decision to ignore the GG was not appraised by the Indian Cricket fans as they took twitter to express their grief. They also trolled Virat Kohli as one of the reason behind his exclusion as they both shared a bitter relation.
With Ranji Trophy next door and BCCI is planning to introduce the pink Kokabura balls in this tournament too, Gambhir’s experience can come in handy for him. If he can continue his good form and convert his scores into three figures, he can undoubtedly be one of the strong contenders for the remaining home Test series.