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Blow for India as Gambhir set to return home

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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Gambhir set to return home

Manchester, Aug 31: An injury-plagued Indian cricket team was dealt another blow on Aug 30 as Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after he failed to recover from concussion.

According to team manager Shivlal Yadav, Gambhir went to an eye specialist today and "it seems he continues to suffer from concussion".

The left-handed opener sustained a blow to his head while attempting a Kevin Pietersen catch on the third day of the fourth and final Test at the Oval.

His condition deteriorated further after he was hit on the helmet by Stuart Broad's bouncer on the final day of the Oval Test.

For the last few days, despite speculations that Gambhir would be returning home, he continued to travel with the Indian squad for the three practice matches. He, however, did not play in any of the three wins the visitors registered, and had also complained of failing to sight the ball ahead of the T20 practice game against Leicester on Aug 29.

According to Yadav no replacement has been named yet and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be consulting the BCCI top brass and the selectors on the matter.

PTI

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