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Gautam Gambhir

Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of India's limited-overs clashes with England after he suffered a concussion when he dropped Kevin Pietersen in the fourth npower Test last week

India will be without opening batsman Gautam Gambhir for the entire limited-overs leg of their tour of England due to concussion.

The left-hander suffered the injury when he hit his head on the Kia Oval turf last week while trying - and failing - to take a catch offered by Kevin Pietersen during the final npower Test match.

A spokesman for the Indian team said: “Gautam Gambhir is flying home to India as soon as possible after he was diagnosed with concussion today.”

"He went to see a specialist in Manchester who advised Gautam to have complete rest. It was therefore decided he would be sent home and will miss the limited overs series with England."

Gambhir had made a slower-than-expected recovery after taking the knock and complained of impaired vision when he returned to the nets yesterday.

That prompted a decision to send him to a specialist and get to the bottom of the problem, which had seen him forced to bat down the order in both innings of the Oval Test.

His absence adds to India's long injury list and further depletes a batting order already without Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh ahead of tomorrow's one-off NatWest International Twenty20 at Old Trafford.

Earlier today, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed he did not expect Gambhir to be passed fit before admitting his absence would be a "big loss".

With star man Sachin Tendulkar retired from Twenty20 internationals the tourists are set to turn to the more stoic presence of veteran Rahul Dravid for tomorrow's game under the new Old Trafford lights.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that losing Gambhir would be a blow but said: "Hopefully someone will stand up and take the responsibility"

It would, remarkably, be the 38-year-old's first, and last, Twenty20 international after he announced his limited-overs retirement after being selected in the squad.

Dhoni said: "Losing Gambhir will be a big loss for us but you can't control injuries. Hopefully someone will stand up and take the responsibility. It looks like Rahul will play.

"You don't want to be a batter light, in this format you want your top seven batsmen. So Rahul will most likely get a chance."

India's injury crisis has not been consigned to their batsmen only, with quicks Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma also struck down as well as spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The long list of casualties has served to undermine India's performances on a forgettable tour that has seen them already surrender the Test series, and the world's top ranking, to England following a 4-0 whitewash.

That has turned the focus on the amount of cricket being played by the tourists' best players - most of whom are involved in the Indian Premier League.

While Dhoni believes Indian cricket probably needs to employ the type of rotational policy England have used in recent times - something they did do on the tour of the Caribbean - he thinks the IPL has become the easy answer to explaining away any ills in the national team.

"Whenever anything bad happens in Indian cricket it is put down to the IPL," he said. "Irrespective of the fact we play in April and we lose a series in August.

"That's one thing that will always be blamed on IPL. I think we'll have to (look at resting players) because the schedule looks quite cramped.

"It's important to give players rest. Someone like a Suresh Raina has been playing all the formats for a long time now.

"It's more to deal with the mental aspect than the physical aspect. A bit of good rest in between also helps keep the injuries away."

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