Gambhir will not play the third Test

Published: Friday, November 27, 2009, 11:42 [IST]
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Gambhir will not play the third Test

New Delhi: India's star opener Gautam Gambhir won't play the third and final Test against Sri Lanka next week due to his sister's wedding.

The Delhi batsman has hit centuries in each of his last four Tests, including knocks of 114 and 167 in the first two matches of the current series.

The  wedding falls on December 3, the second day of the third Test which opens at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The selectors did not name a replacement for Gambhir and reduced the present 15-man squad by one, the board said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay, who played one Test against Australia last year and is part of the squad, is expected to come in for Gambhir.

India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Subramaniam Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha.


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