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Aus tour make-or-break case for Gambhir

Press Trust Of India
Dec 30, 2011 at 02:26pm IST

Melbourne: The form of Gautam Gambhir who had scores of 3 and 13 in the first test against Australia at Melbourne, is fast becoming a cause of concern for India skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

It has been 17 Tests since Gambhir struck his last century ago and he averages 32.75 and 31.33 in the last two years.

However, with India consistently losing their foothold on foreign soil and Gambhir coming a cropper, the current tour could be a make-or-break one for the Indian opener.

Aus tour make-or-break case for Gambhir

It has been 17 Tests since Gautam Gambhir struck his last century.

Gambhir averaged 17.00 from the three Tests he played in England -- albeit there was a head injury which impeded his cause -- and his three and 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) now has not helped his cause. That he could average only 39.00 at home against a weak West Indies team.

As of now, Gambhir is a sure starter for second Test starting in Sydney on January 3 and Dhoni's public posturing is in support of the left-hander.

"He's someone who is batting really well in the nets. He just needs to take that extra step and do the same thing into the middle. Once you play 30-40 deliveries as an opener, everything is sorted out," Dhoni said.

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