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Gautam Gambhir Returns to Test Squad After Two Years

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Gautam Gambhir was on Tuesday recalled to the Indian Test team, after a gap of over two years, for the remainder of the ongoing three-match series against the visiting New Zealand side.

Gambhir replaced KL Rahul who was ruled out with an injury in his right hamstring during the first Test in Kanpur, while running between the wickets.

Gambhir, 34, last played a Test for India against England at The Oval in August 2014.

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Gambhir was called up after showing good form in the Duleep Trophy, the domestic first-class tournament featuring the top-performing players in the country.

He scored 356 runs in the competition from five innings at 71.20, and was dismissed only once without getting to a half-century.

Pacer Ishant Sharma too had been ruled out of the second Test, to be played in Kolkata from September 30, as he continues to recover from chikungunya that forced him to sit out of India's 500th Test.

Jayant Yadav has been named as his replacement.

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