Gambhir likely to miss ODI series against England

Gautam Gambhir’s case could be similar to Dale Steyn, who suffered similar injury during the Champions League T20 last year Getty Images

By Ashish Shukla

Leicester: Aug 29, 2011

With little improvement in his agonising condition in the last 10 days, India’s opener Gautam Gambhir could be packing his bags to return home.

In what could be a big blow to the campaign of the defending world champions in the forthcoming one-day series, Gambhir is likely to suffer the fate of the likes of Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag who came or joined the Indian squad and left without lending significantly to the team’s cause.

India has been whitewashed 4-0 in the Test series; lost their number one Test rankings and is in danger of suffering a similar debilitating fate in the one-day series, starting with the first game in Chester-le-Street on September 3.

Gambhir had backpedalled to catch a pull by Kevin Pietersen at mid-on on the second day of the final Test at the Oval on August 19 but tripped and fell on his head and subsequently suffered from a blurred vision.

He didn’t open in both innings of the Oval Test and came down late in the order, contributing little by way of runs.

Since then, he has visited doctors and got MRI scans done which have shown clean results, yet Gambhir’s condition hasn’t improved.

Gambhir’s case could be similar to the one suffered by South African fast bowler Dale Steyn during the Champions league last year when he too had backpedalled to take a catch off Michael Hussey in a semi-final clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore and fell on his head.

Steyn’s MRI scans too showed little but the paceman took 3-4 weeks to get himself sorted out.

By the looks of it, Gambhir could also suffer a similar fate and be out of action for 3-4 weeks, putting in doubt even his participation when England pay a return visit to India for a one-day series in early October. (PTI)