It was a good day for Indian cricket team, on day 3 of the third and final Test of the ongoing series against New Zealand. India piled a massive total of 557/5 in their first innings, thanks to a 365-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Virat Kohli scored his second double hundred and Ajinkya Rahane scored his highest Test of 188 runs.
But, it was not the best of day personally for Gautam Gambhir, who was making a comeback to Test cricket after 2 years. Gambhir, who was called in as a replacement for KL Rahul after the first Test, scored 29 runs in the first innings. His fans were hoping that he would make a big score in the second innings to push the selectors for a spot in the squad for the next home series against England. But, much to the disappointment of Gambhir and his fans, he picked up a shoulder injury while fielding during New Zealand’s first innings. Gambhir tried hard to come out and bat in what many believe the deciding innings of his career, but he couldn’t carry for long as he had to walk back to the pavilion ‘retired hurt’ after the pain in shoulder triggered once again after he made a desperate dive to reach his ground.
VIDEO: Gautam Gambhir injures his shoulder while batting
Virat Kohli Did Not Enforced Follow-on Because Haters Would Say He Didn't Want Gautam Gambhir To Bat. 😉
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Thank you Virat Kohli to give Gautam Gambhir a Do or Die chance.
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Gautam Gambhir was replaced by India’s Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle and India ended the day at 18 for 0. Gambhir’s fans would still be hoping that he comes out to bat tomorrow and score some runs to push the selector for a spot in the next Test series against England.
Gautam Gambhir has an uphill task ahead if he wants to represent India in Test cricket for some more years. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are also nursing their injuries and they will soon be available for selection. It’s a tough battle for the opening spot but we hope Gambir gets a fair trial to prove his worth, all over again.