Gautam Gambhir last played a Test for India in 2012 against England at Nagpur © Getty Images
Gautam Gambhir last played a Test for India in 2012 against England at Nagpur © Getty Images

Aug 7, 2014

Experienced opener Gautam Gambhir made a comeback in to the India playing XI as India made three changes to their final XI against England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday. On a good batting wicket, MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron also returned in to the team.

 

Gambir last played a Test at Nagpur against England and since then has been on the sidelines. He was picked for his experience for this England tour and replaced an out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan. The other two changes in the team are: Ashwin coming in place of Rohit Sharma who played reckless shots to give his wicket away. Ashwin’s last Test was in Johannesburg against South Africa. Meanwhile, in the pace attack,  Aaron has replaced Mohammed Shami who has been erratic in the first three Tests.

 

England though have not made any changes to the XI. Skipper Alastair Cook defended his decision saying that he was keen on keeping a winning team intact. It meant that Steve Finn has to wait for his chance.

 

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