• India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

Gambhir flies home after grandmother's death

ESPNcricinfo staff
November 18, 2012
File photo: Gautam Gambhir returned to Delhi midway through the first Test due to the death of his maternal grandmother (ESPN is not carrying live pictures due to curbs on media) © AFP

Gautam Gambhir has left the Indian team midway during the Ahmedabad Test against England and returned to Delhi because of the death of his maternal grandmother, Asha Gulati, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night. He is likely to join the squad on Monday morning, according to Gambhir's spokesperson.

Gambhir did not take the field on the third evening, but was in the dressing room. Ajinkya Rahane has been on the field in his place.

England have avoided the innings defeat in the Test, and India will have to bat again if set a target. Gambhir, therefore, is unlikely to open the innings because he has been off the field for an extended period for reasons other than an external injury.

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