India brace for one-day battle without Gambhir
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:01
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KKR owners must be relieved.
NEW DELHI: The injury jinx continues to dog India in England as they prepare for the ODI series. Having lost many key players due to fitness problems during the disastrous Test series, it seems India will have to do without opener Gautam Gambhir in the five-match series.
Gambhir, who took a nasty knock on the back of his head while attempting a catch in the fourth Test at the Oval, is still suffering from blurred vision and is even feeling nauseated. Sources close to the cricketer told TOI that Gambhir was likely to meet an eye specialist in Manchester on Tuesday. The team management is then expected to take a call on whether he would stay or return home.
The intriguing bit is that even after 10 days of Gambhir suffering the injury, there is no clarity on his status. The team management maintains that his head injury is not all that serious and blurred vision is his only problem area. But sources claim that the batsman is not all that well.
If Gambhir comes back, he will suffer the same fate as Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan who also had to return home after getting injured. "We are trying to ensure that he is fit for the series. Otherwise, we would have sent him back long time ago," a team source insisted.
The team management in place during the Test series is already in the dock for allowing Gambhir to bat in the Oval Test. Insiders inform that Gambhir vomited at least six times after the fall and should not have batted. "It was quite painful. But now he is not vomiting," said a source. Gambhir didn't open in both innings of the Oval Test and came down late in the order, contributing little by way of runs.
The BCC claimed that it hasn't got any SOS from the team to identify a possible replacement. If Gambhir returns, in all probability, there won't be any replacement for the ODI series.
Gambhir's case could be similar to the one suffered by South African fast bowler Dale Steyn during the Champions League last year when he too had backpedalled to catch Michael Hussey in a semifinal clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The pacer fell on his head and Steyn's MRI scans too didn't indicate any significant damage, but the paceman took three to four weeks to get himself sorted out.
Source: The Times of India
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