4 Nov 2010

Star trio return for India

10:22 am on 4 November 2010

The fit-again batsmen Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman and fast bowler Ishant Sharma will return to India's side for the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad starting this afternoon.

Gambhir and Sharma missed the second Test against Australia in Bangalore last month with knee injuries while Laxman was ruled out of the match with an injured back.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara replaced Gambir and Laxman impressing with key contributions in the five-wicket victory, but make way for the two stars.

Sharma also returns to action in the first match of the three-Test series and will share the new ball with Zaheer Khan.