Bangalore, Feb 12: Out-of-form Gautam Gambhir's exclusion from the Test squad has not surprised anyone as the Delhi batsman had been struggling to score runs since twelve months.
Gautam Gambhir has averaged mere 34.33 in Tests in the last twelve months and with scores of 0, 83, 31, 14, 34, 3, 22, 2, 34, 45, 4, 65, 60, 40, 37 in the last 15 Test innings, the left-handed batsman has been struggling to strike form.
Though he has a recorded a highest score of 83 during this phase, he has recorded only 3 half centuries in his last 15 Test outings which suggests that his sacking was expected.
Though he averaged around 41.83 against England at home, Gambhir has not recorded a century since three years now. Though the left-handed batsman has got a few starts, he has not been able to convert them to big ones. He has been dismissed caught behind or caught at the slips on most of the occasions.
Moreover, the Delhi batsman's technique seems to have broken down, which has been a major worry since it requires a lot of hardwork to re-establish himself as an opener. Though there were instances during the last couple of series, where he carried the bat till the end of the innings, but that in no way ensured him a place in the squad since it hardly benefitted the team.
With the selectors not including him in any of the three teams for the Irani cup, it served as a hint ahead of the team selection for the Test series against Australia.
Moreover with Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan performing extremely well in the domestic circuit, selectors had no other option than sacking Gautam Gambhir.
Now with Virender Sehwag in the squad, Rahane, Vijay and Dhawan could battle it out for the other opener's slot.