India is facing the prospect of another opener joining the injury list. On Monday, Gautam Gambhir suffered what looked like a serious shoulder injury after diving to complete a risky second run in the third over of India’s second innings.
Gambhir lay stationary clutching his right shoulder, signalling to the physio. A team official said the injury was ‘under observation’ and an update could be provided only on Tuesday morning.
The 34-year-old has struggled with his right shoulder over the course of his career.
The left-handed opening batsman is making a comeback into the Test side after nearly two years. He scored 29 runs in the first innings but failed to capitalise on the good start. He was batting on six when he retired.
Indian openers have suffered injuries one after the other.
Gambhir was called up as replacement for KL Rahul, who was ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury. Gambhir was called up for the second Test in Kolkata, but was on the bench as Shikhar Dhawan was given another chance.
Dhawan though fractured his thumb in the game after being struck twice. It paved the way for Gambhir to open alongside Murali Vijay, who was injured during the West Indies tour.
India has had to deal with other fitness issues as well in the past few months with pacers Ishant Sharma (illness) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (back strain) too sidelined.