Colombo: Even before India`s campaign in the Sri Lanka tri-series could kick-off, India suffered a huge blow as star opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was ruled out of the Compaq Cup 2009 due to a groin injury.
As reported first by Zeecric, Virat Kohli has been named as replacement for the injured Gambhir.
Gambhir, who suffered the injury while practicing has been advised ten days rest by the team physio and will return home shortly.
"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 added.
India went to Sri Lanka without the services of two of their star players, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, both of whom were forced to miss the series because of injuries.
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.