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Gambhir is in Team, Dhoni’s Fresh Googly

A few eyebrows were heaved on Sunday when India skipper MS Dhoni named Gautam Gambhir as the team's third opener while speaking to the media in the front of the team's departure for the impending tour of South Africa. India selected only two regular openers such as Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, for the two-Test series, which will be headed by the three-match ODI series. When reporters asked Dhoni about the third specialist opener, Dhoni dropped a bomb by naming Gambhir, who is not part of the 17-member squad. "If you see, Gautam is certainly our third opener that we are taking into consideration. As of now, Vijay and Shikhar, they have done actually well for us. So, third opener as of now is Gautam." After comprehending he might have made a goof-up, Dhoni rapidly clarified his statement, saying he was looking at the bigger picture and possibly the upcoming year in which India will tour New Zealand, England and Australia. "I know Gambhir is not in the team, but he is the third opener. He never requested if he is part of the team," Dhoni clarified. Nevertheless, Dhoni's statement has made one thing clear that Gambhir is still very much in the scheme of things as far as the Indian Test side is worried. Dhoni also made it clear that there was no result yet on who would take the vacant No. 4 spot in Tests, following the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar. "We are not strong-willed on number 4. No one is going to swap anyone else," he said before adding in lighter vein, "If possible. We will pass over number 4 and try to bat 1, 2, 3, 5, 6...and 12." India's tour kicks off with the ODI series that starts December 5.

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