Gautam Gambhir made perhaps the shortest comeback to Test cricket on Tuesday (March 19), one that ended even before it began, so to speak.
Gambhir will look back on Tuesday with mixed emotions – delight that he was recalled to the Indian Test squad, just three matches after being shown the door, and despair that the comeback had to be aborted because he was diagnosed with jaundice the same day.
In the clearest indication yet that the door is far from shut on Gambhir's Test career, the current national selection committee brought him back for what ought to have been a dream return at the ground where he cut his teeth as a cricketer. That should delight the spunky left-hand opener. He has been told in no uncertain terms that he is definitely in the mix for the tour of South Africa later this year, and that should keep his fire burning over the next several months, never mind the temporary setback in the form of illness.