Gambhir, who made a recovery in the just-ended New Zealand series, gave an excellent account of himself before collecting 147 in Delhi’s last Ranji Trophy match by scoring a half century in the final Test.
After being down with chikungunya Ishant, on the other hand, was decided for the the opening Test against the Kiwis but cannot play any part in the rubber.
Though Ishant failed to look match fit in the Ranji game of Delhi at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Karnataka, more than 40 overs bowled at rate that was great in his two trips that were national.
With opener Lokesh Rahul still nursing a hamstring pull and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar coping with the ankle injury, Gambhir and Ishant will function as likely choices when the M.S.K. Prasad-directed choice panel decides the side.
No other important changes are anticipated in the Virat Kohli – led – 0.
The Indian squad is set to gather at Rajkot, which can be set to host the series opener from November 9 on November 5.
The five-match series will be a litmus test for the No.1-rated house side, with England having won the last three Test series between the two countries — two in England and one in India.