India’s tri-series cricket campaign received a jolt with left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir ruled out of the event because of a groin injury.

“Gautam Gambhir has strained his groin muscle and has been advised rest for ten days,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.

“He will be returning to India,” he said.

Young Dehi middle-order batsman Virat Kohli has been named as his replacement.

Gambhir’s return means India will be without both their regular openers since Virender Sehwag is already out of action since he is recovering from a shoulder surgery.

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