Ranji Trophy: Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma to bolster Delhi against Karnataka

New Delhi: Delhi team will be bolstered by the presence of India internationals Ishant Sharma and veteran Gautam Gambhir against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy match starting Thursday at Eden Gardens.

Ishant was ruled out of New Zealand Test series due to chikungunya and Gambhir was busy on national duty.

"Ishant and Gambhir will be playing in this match," chief coach KP Bhaskar told PTI on Tuesday.

 Ranji Trophy: Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma to bolster Delhi against Karnataka

Gautam Gambhir recently made his international comeback at Indore in the Test series against New Zealand. AFP

Ishant's fitness will be tested before the England series and Gambhir will like to reassert his place in the side as reserve opener in place of Shikhar Dhawan.

Gambhir replaced Dhawan in playing XI at Indore scoring a second innings half century on the best batting strip in the series, making a comeback to the Indian team after more than two years, while getting to a 50-plus score for the first time since 2012.

Delhi drew their last game against Maharashtra, although the latter managed to gain in terms of points following a first innings lead. In what turned out to be a game of records, Maharashtra skipper Swapnil Gugale (351) and Ankit Bawne (254) added 594 for the third wicket before the former declared his team's innings, falling 30 short of what equalling the highest-ever partnership in First-Class cricket.

Delhi youngster Rishabh Pant then went on to become the second wicketkeeper in Ranji history to slam a triple-century, scoring 308. Delhi however, were bowled out for 590, conceding a 45-run lead.

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Updated Date: Oct 18, 2016 22:31:12 IST