Injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have brought Gautam Gambhir back into the picture and batting coach Sanjay Bangar says the Delhi batsman will be a vital cog in the Indian Test team in long home season.
Gambhir returned to the Indian Test squad after more than two years after Rahul suffered a hamstring injury. He did not play in the Kolkata Test but Dhawan sustained a finger injury in that game and now the team has little choice but to field him in the third Test, starting Friday.
"Gautam Gambhir is a quality player. What he has done really well for the time he was out of the team was that he kept on performing for his (IPL) franchise and the state side.
And when he got his opportunity in the Duleep Trophy, he was among the top run scorers and that too against the pink ball which certain batsmen found difficult to pick. He has ticked all the boxes," said Bangar.
I think the untimely injury to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan makes it sure there is a place for him. He has a proven record against spin bowling.
And the number of Test matches we are going to play in India, he becomes a very important player at the top of the order," said Bangar.
India play against England, Bangladesh (one off game) and Australia after the ongoing three-match Test series.