Mumbai, Sep 18 (ANI): India were given a boost before their Champions Trophy campaign when in-form opener Gautam Gambhir was passed fit to return after injury.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said, "The coming back of Gautam Gambhir will give us a lot of relief. He is such a batsman who is not only capable of giving a good start but we have seen that he takes his innings to 50 overs."
"We have batsmen who are flashy and who take the bowlers also. It is ideal to give them a platform where they can launch their innings and they can pose a big total on the board," he added.
The BCCI had said in a statement that Gambhir has recovered from a groin strain and will travel with the team to South Africa.
India won the Colombo tournament, also involving New Zealand and the hosts, and go into the prestigious eight-team event as one of the favourites after not having lost a one-day series in the past year.
South Africa has been a happing hunting ground for India who were runners-up in the one-day World Cup there in 2003 and Twenty20 World Cup champions four years later. (ANI)