Gautam Gambhir came out of the Indore Test against New Zealand as a bruised man but the return to the Indian side was a sweet one with the outcome going the country’s way. The Virat Kohli-led side beat New Zealand by a massive 321 runs at the new Test centre for cricket in Indore and claimed a whitewash. This was Kohli’s first whitewash as an India captain and the win was brought to the fore by an impressive showing by R Ashwin who picked up 13 wickets in the contest.
Gambhir came into the side after injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and delivered with the bat to score 29 and 50 runs respectively in the Test. This was the Delhi player’s first Test since playing England at the Oval in 2014.
Before the Indore Test, India’s batting coach applauded Gambhir’s resolve and form to make his way into the side. “Gautam Gambhir is a quality player. What he has done really well for the time he was out of the team was that he kept on performing for his (IPL) franchise [Kolkata Knight Riders] and the state side. And when he got his opportunity in the Duleep Trophy, he was among the top run scorers and that too against the pink ball which certain batsmen found difficult to pick. He has ticked all the boxes,” said Bangar.
The win against New Zealand helped India to officially become the No. 1 Test side and be handed over the illustrious Test mace by the ICC. However, India had already assured themselves of a top slot after winning at Eden Gardens in the second Test.
Gambhir took to micro-blogging website Twitter to congratulate the young side for the ranking and express gratitude at being part of the process. “A promising young team that will only get better. Glad to have contributed to the win that brought the mace back home!,” he wrote in the tweet.
A promising young team that will only get better. Glad to have contributed to the win that brought the mace back home! pic.twitter.com/uOLSUsPnWr
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 13 October 2016
India’s campaign in Tests, at home, continues with England visiting next. But before that, India play New Zealand in a five-match ODI series that begins on Sunday at Dharamsala.