Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the second Test which begins in Nottingham on Friday. There are doubts about Gambhir’s availability for the match after he sustained an elbow injury while fielding at short leg during the opening Test.
“It is disappointing not to have Zaheer for selection. However, it is an opportunity for the other bowlers to prove their mettle,” Dhoni said.
“It’s always good to have him in the side because he is our most experienced bowler.”
“Especially when it comes to England, he has played a lot of cricket over here for counties and the last time India were here he bowled really well.”
Gautam Gambhir is not fully fit and the decision of him playing will be taken before the start of the play on Friday.
Gambhir did bat during Thursday’s practice session but question marks remain over his overall fitness.
“He is definitely doubtful for this Test,” said Dhoni.
“Gambhir will be the best person to say how much pain he will be able to go through and keep performing,” he added.
“We will give him (Gambhir) some time, and accordingly we will decide.”