India's tri-series cricket campaign received a jolt on Thursday with left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir ruled out of the event because of a groin injury.
"Gautam Gambhir has strained his groin muscle and has been advised rest for ten days," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.
"He will be returning to India. The All India Selection Committee will name his replacement for the tri-series in Sri Lanka shortly," he added.
Gambhir's return means India will be without both their regular openers since Virender Sehwag is already out of action since he is recovering from a shoulder surgery.