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All eyes set on Gambhir

Chennai: Axed from the Test team after a prolonged form slump, India A captain Gautam Gambhir will have a point to prove when he leads out the side in a three-day warm-up match against the Australians, beginning Saturday, here.

The left-handed opener, who hasn’t scored a Test century for almost three years now, was dropped from the squad for the first two Tests against Australia, starting on February 22.

Replaced by Shikhar Dhawan, who was originally named the A squad captain, Gambhir found himself demoted to the role — ironical for a player once seen as captaincy material for the national squad.

Gambhir would still be the biggest star in the India A line-up which will square off against the Australians, who didn’t do too badly in their opening practice game, against the Board President’s XI.

The India A batting will depend on some known faces such as Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane.

There are some new faces in the squad as well, including Jiwanjyot Singh, who has scored 995 runs in 10 first-class matches.

Abhishek Nayar — the second-highest run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy this season with 966 runs for Mumbai, including three centuries and eight 50s — is also there. (Agencies)