Gautam Gambhir has made a return to the India test cricket team squad after being named the replacement for KL Rahul by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the next two Test matches against New Zealand, the announcement came on Tuesday night.
Rahul picked up a hamstring knock in his right leg during the Test match in Kanpur and will be unable to play any further part in the following two matches. India have a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against the Kiwis.
Gambhir, 34, makes his return to the India Test squad after as many as two years. He played his last Test match in August 2014 during India's tour of England. However, the southpaw's recent performances in the Duleep Trophy earned him a call back to the squad. He remained impressive as he scored 356 runs in the competition from five innings at an average of 71.20.
Meanwhile, Haryana offspinner Jayant Yadav, who hasn't earned any cap for the India team, has also been named a part of the squad in place of Ishant Sharma, who still hasn't recovered in time from chikungunya, the vector-borne disease. He will be a part of the 15-man squad for Indian's 501st Test match, to get under way at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from Friday.
Twitter users have been showering praises on Gambhir after getting the news on Tuesday night.