Gambhir's fitness cause of concern for team India

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 11:57 [IST]
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India face Gambhir's fitness dilemma

Potchefstroom: The uncertainty over Gautam Gambhir's fitness and a massive loss to New Zealand in their warm -up game has raised concerns about India's preparations in the Champions Trophy.

After winning the Compaq Cup and staying briefly on the top of the ICC ranking, Indians were thrashed by 103 runs by Kiwis in the warm up match,

Nobody in the Indian camp replied to the questions about Gambhir's fitness, who missed Sunday's warm-up tie at Potchefstroom.

It could well be a race against time for the left-hander as India take on Pakistan in their tournament opener in Centurion.

The concern about the striking prowess of pace duo of Ishant Sharma and RP Singh, from whom the side would expect some timely breakthrough during the tournament.

Besides, choice of training the venue has also added to Indians' worry. They are putting up at Potchefstroom, where the conditions are more or less sub-continental, for three days.

"It would have been better if we could train in Johannesburg or Centurion," star batsman Rahul Dravid has admitted already.

India would expecting some big knocks from Sachin Tendulkar and Dravid.

Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh's form will also be crucial to the side.

Raina looked good last night before being run-out and even got a nod from skipper Dhoni.

But Yuvraj, despite one of the most sumptuous of sixes against spinner Daniel Vettori, appeared at sea against speedy Shane Bond.

The quicker pitches at Centurion and Wanderers would certainly keep these two young guns pre-occupied.


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