Indore, Oct 8: Veteran India opener Gautam Gambhir is playing a Test match after a gap of two years and two months at Indore's Holkar Stadium on Saturday (October 8).
The left-handed-batter made it to the Playing XI in the Indian squad after opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the squad due to injury.
The Delhi-lad who was inducted into the the India squad after KL Rahul suffered a hamstring injury during first test match at Kanpur. Gambhir, however, didn't get a chance to play in the second match as team management decided to go with Dhawan at Kolkata Test.
The 34-year-old Gambhir has so far played 56 Tests, scoring over 4,000 runs. He recently impressed in the Duleep Trophy, having compiled four back-to-back half centuries including 2 ninety plus scores.
Gambhir played his last Test match in August 2014 at London's Oval against England. The left-handed batsman had a forgettable match as he scored 0 and 3 respectively in that game.
Gambhir's inclusion in India's Playing XI filled his fans with joy, who took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express their happiness watching their favourite player bat.
Here's how Twitterati reacted:
Good to see Gautam Gambhir back in the 3rd Test .He's been resolute, uncomplaining— zoy_pal (@zoy_pal) October 8, 2016
& also has the runs to
make his recall
It's good to see Gautam Gambhir back opening the innings like old times. Solid aggressive batsman with good technique. #GambhirReturns— Nikhil Nayak (@NikhilNayak07) October 8, 2016
#INDvsNZ— Niraj Tiwari (@nirajtiwari91) October 8, 2016
952 days after he last played a Test for India, Gautam Gambhir will be opening the batting today..
Gautam gambhir on fire
Frnd-bhai kya chal rha hai ???— NaMo Gautian Rahul (@Viru_Gauti_34) October 8, 2016
Me- kuch nhi bhai, bs Gautam Gambhir chal rha ha😎😎😎 @GautamGambhir
A stunning four and two consecutive sixes. Gautam Gambhir does not look like a batsman making a comeback in the national squad. #IndvNZ— Ameya Lokhande (@ameyalokhande) October 8, 2016
It's a treat to watch you ya! Gautam Gambhir!😍😍 #indvsnz— Prajakta Bhawsar (@VK18rocks) October 8, 2016
Congratulations Gautam Gambhir bhai.— zoy_pal (@zoy_pal) October 8, 2016
You have proved hard
work never fails. All the
best for the 3rd Test
What a sight to watch Gautam Gambhir play again and that square cut boundary was class.#indvsnz— abhi changer (@abhichanger) October 8, 2016
Never felt so nervous for a cricketer before !! Welcome back Gautam Gambhir !! The sheer intent in your eyes I missed the most #indvsnz— Harsh Lalka (@lalka_harsh) October 8, 2016
Much much happy to see Gautam Gambhir back in the Indian team. Seems like another debut match for him. Hope he makes most of it. #IndvsNZ— Achal Kapoor™ (@iamAKapoor) October 8, 2016
Crowd chanting Gambhir,Gambhir— Siddharth Srivastava (@Siddharthcs1104) October 8, 2016
This is awesome !!!
Gautam Gambhir— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 2016
first 50 inns: 2692 runs, ave 57.28, 100s/50: 9/10
last 50 inns: 1354 runs, ave 28.21, 100s/50s: 0/11#IndvNZ
Looking Like Gautam Gambhir is All set to conquer.....— manas Thakur (@iamMANASsrk) October 8, 2016