|India opener Gautam Gambhir is expected to face England despite being left out of the tourists’ side at Kent. India’s top scorer in the World Cup final, he has returned to indoor nets.
Gambhir suffered concussion in the fourth Test at the Oval – putting in doubt his participation in the one-day series that starts next Saturday – but has since been facing throwdowns from bowling coach Eric Simons. Indian sources say he has been suffering blurred vision.
Yesterday’s day-night game suffered a lengthy delay because of heavy rain at Canterbury. India named a similar side to the one that beat Sussex at Hove on Thursday. The only change was Rahul Dravid, a former Kent batsman, coming in for Sachin Tendulkar.
The selection meant that, in both of their one-day warm-ups, India opted to select five specialist bowlers, which was not their policy in the World Cup – pre-Duncan Fletcher – with a batsman-heavy line-up.