Gambhir last played in 2014 during England tour will undergo a fitness test at National Cricket Association in Bengaluru for upcoming match. India is now leading the series 1-0, as they won the first Test by 197 runs.
Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin is up to second in the test bowling rankings after taking 10 wickets in Kanpur.
Kolkata: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against India starting later on Friday in Kolkata with a virus, New Zealand Cricket said.
As reported earlier veteran opener Gautam Gambhir has been recalled into Indian Test squad after a gap of two years. He said that Ashwin's deliveries (in the first match) were repeatedly hitting his pads.
"As I said these things have been spoken about". The Test in Kanpur is also being played on a fresh wicket. The 36-year-old offspinner, playing in the English County Championship, had said he had left his hopes of playing worldwide cricket behind. Kohli expected a challenge for the batsmen against the new ball - which was why he included specialist swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian XI - but was confident his team could handle it.
Jeetan Patel has replaced Mark Craig, Henry Nicholls has come in Williamson's place while pacer Matt Henry has been brought in Ish Sodhi's place as the Kolkata pitch seems to be favouring pacers. The India coach is the chairman of ICC Cricket Committee and he has batted for the technology not too long ago.
Jadeja took 5-73 in the first innings to puncture New Zealand's hopes of getting anything from the tie.
Apart from Santner, middle-order batsman Luke Ronchi, who scored a defiant 80 in the second innings, is also a key player for the Black Caps.
Skipper Kane Williamson will do his side a big favour by winning the toss and having first use of good batting conditions.
But after being 159-1, they slumped to 262 all out, with their last five wickets falling for just seven runs.
Lastly both teams will keep their fingers crossed with the conditions overcast and muggy as the relaid Eden Gardens outfield may be tested, should there be rain.
Ross Taylor will lead the side in his absence, and Henry Nicholls is to replace him in the batting line-up.