Mumbai: India"s hopes got a big boost ahead of the tough Champions Trophy on Thursday when injured opener Gautam Gambhir was declared fit for the high-profile contest commencing on September 22 at South Africa.
Left-handed batsman Gambhir suffered a groin injury on the eve of inaugural Compaq Cup match in Colombo and has not played any competitive cricket since then. Virat Koli replaced Goutam Gambhir in the Compaq Cup.
Gambhir attended rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and was declared fit after trials in Mumbai on Thursday.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was pleased with Gambhir's recovery.
"It's a relief that Gambhir is back because he solves the problem of opening," Dhoni said.
"We have had three players in the opening slot - Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir - but with Sehwag out due to injury the opening pair has been a problem.
"Now that Gambhir is fit, it augurs well for us."
India will leave for Johannesburg on Friday and will take on Pakistan in their first match on September 26.