It was against the Aussies in the 2008 home series that Gambhir sealed his place in the India Test team, with a century and a double and went on to have a golden year-and-a-half.
Under the scanner While he would have preferred to regain that form in the first Test, Gambhir will have to do all the running in the second-string team. On Friday, Gambhir was the first to take to the nets and was quite obviously the centre of attention. He looked little edgy with play-and-miss shots but also showed his trademark flicks and cover drives, before pleasant but unexpected rains shortened his session.
The fact that Gambhir was taking the game very seriously was evident, with him even skipping the media briefing and coach Lalchand Rajput filling in for him. “Gautam is very keen and very focused,” said Rajput.
“It’s just a matter of getting there and spending more time in the middle and utilising the opportunity. Once he spends more time, everything will fall in place,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia skipper Michael Clarke said he was surprised that Gambhir was dropped. “I expected him to be in the Test team. I think there are a few bowlers in our team who are happy he is not playing.”