“Gautam Gambhir returned to India on Sunday for family reasons,” Essex Cricket said in a statement yesterday.
“At this stage Essex Cricket and Gautam are unable to make any further comment. Essex Cricket is fully supportive of Gautam and very much hope that he will return to Essex before the end of the 2013 English domestic season.”
The southpaw scored 31, 21, 2 and 0 in England before making a hundred on Friday in a drawn match against Gloucestershire.
Gambhir last played for India in January when he featured in an ODI against England at Dharamsala.