Gautam Gambhir’s horrid run of form seems to have finally ended. The left-hander scored a ton against Gloucestershire in a Division II county game In Bristol. After a string of low scores & a duck in the last game, the pressure was mounting on Gambhir to come good with the bat. Gambhir was batting on 100 of 144 balls at tea in the second innings. He scored 11 boundaries & a six in his unbeaten knock with Essex taking tea at 191 for no loss.
Observers & those present on the ground suggest that there was a monumental change in the way Gambhir approached this innings after getting out for a duck in the first innings. He seemed to be moving his feet better & was on top of the bounce of each delivery. He was prepared to leave deliveries outside off stump & pounced on anything that was slightly straight or in his zone to hit.
These are the first signs that the ousted left-hander, known for his positive approach irrespective of format, is getting his lost touch back. The wicket at Bristol is fairly quick & does assist pace bowlers on their day. Gambhir has done well to pass an important landmark & will now hope he can take the innings forward towards a big score. The selectors back at home would obviously like to see a bit more application in his batting & some more big scores, before he could be considered for South Africa.