In the Ranji Trophy game between Karnataka and Delhi, India’s opener Gautam Gambhir failed to make an impact and got out after scoring only 2 runs. Delhi’s batting unit collapsed and bundled out for just 90 before Karnataka batsmen applied themselves much better to take a 41-run lead in their Ranji Trophy cricket tie at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday (October 20).
Gautam Gambhir, who made a comeback to Test cricket after 2 long years in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand, scored a good fifty in his last Test innings for India and since the, all eyes are on his to see how much he can push the selectors for the opening slot in the next home Test series against England.
Gambhir has been toiling hard at the domestic level and he got the reward when he was picked as a replacement for KL Rahul, who got injured in the first Test of the recently concluded 3-match Test series between India and New Zealand.
On a good track, which has assistance for spinners, Delhi’s batting unite failed to display the temperament as Rishabh Pant (24) and Dhruv Shorey (24) were the top-scorers. Gambhir played 16 balls and scored just 2 runs. He got out caught at shot mid-on when he was trying pull a delivery off S Aravind’s bowling.
If Gautam Gambhir wants to make a comeback, he will have to keep scoring runs in whatever opportunities he gets. With KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan already contesting for the spot, it will take an extra-ordinary effort from him to win the race for the opening spot in India’s Test team.