Rahul entertains after Mithun five-for
After paceman runs riot in the morning to break Delhi's back, Karnataka settle for batting practice and three points
A permanent frown creasing his brow, quick to anger, immensely proudof being an India cricketer and demonstratively patriotic, Gautam Gambhir is a left-hand batsman of considerable merit. Able to concentrate for long periods when called to, and yet possessed of a wide enough array of strokes to make adapting to the shorter versions of the game seem easy, Gambhir was once thought to be a natural successor to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A career that was almost over before it began thanks to a propensity to fish outside the off stump and a tendency to fall over and be trapped lbw, it is to Gambhir's credit that he rediscovered the basics and adjusted the framework of his technique to iron out his flaws. Gambhir's short stature has left him with some problems against genuinely quick short-pitched bowling: he's often caught in two minds between trying to get on top of the ball and ducking well under. However, this drawback only goes to underscore how good the rest of his game is. Quick to use his feet against the spinners and fast men alike, Gambhir is fluent on both sides of the pitch. While he is perfectly capable of keeping the ball along the turf when the situation demands it, Gambhir has no difficulty clearing the infield when the fancy takes him. A marathon knock that spanned nearly 11 hours and helped India save the Napier Test of 2009, as well as his sparkling 97 in a winning cause in the 2011 World Cup final, remain the highlight of a career that is far from finished.