Anand Vasu

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  • ‘Insecurities have made me hungry’

    Gautam Gambhir's journey in cricket has been all about absorbing pressure. So we're putting him under some more.

    He's only a small man but if you saw him bat for over 10 hours in Napier to save a Test, you'll know he has a big heart. Gautam Gambhir's journey in cricket has been all about absorbing pressure. So we're putting him under some more.

     

    The Gambhir HT met was many men in one. At one level intense like Dravid, at another driven like Ganguly, and separately, married to the game, like Tendulkar. We think he's India's next captain. Over to Gambhir.

     

    What does leadership mean to you?

     

    Responsibility. Honour. A leader must motivate, must give players the freedom to play at their best. He has to be a man manager who knows his team inside out. You have to identify players who can win you games, empower them and back them.

     

    You take a lot of pride in what you do …

     

    Pride comes from the passion with which I have played cricket, right from under-14s to the Indian team. The toughest

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  • When Sehwag fires, winning becomes easier

    "If we win consistently, the dream of becoming the No. 1 team will come true," Kris Srikkanth told the Hindustan Times soon after India's win at Kanpur.

    New Delhi: As an opening batsman, Kris Srikkanth understands the importance of good starts better than most. It's not a surprise then that the chairman of selectors believes that Virender Sehwag's batting has made a difference to India's fortunes.

     

    "If we win consistently, the dream of becoming the No. 1 team will come true," he told the Hindustan Times soon after India's win at Kanpur.

     

    Excerpts:

     

    Sehwag's batting must bring you a lot of satisfaction?

     

    When you have a guy like him in the team, a genuine impact player, it makes it that much easier to win games. The effect he has on bowlers is like Viv Richards in the good old days. When he bats the bowlers are half on the defensive. When you can help the team score 400 on the first day, it takes the game away from the opposition. Viru demolishes bowlers in such a way that they

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  • ‘Injury not criticism forced the decision’

    "It's tough when you've played 18 years of international cricket. But the body was asking questions every day. Probably, the injury helped me make the decision," Anil Kumble said at charged press conference in Delhi.

    People say he is not emotional, but that's far from true. He is passionate about cricket, among the most fair men you can hope to meet and gets angry when he does not meet the high standards he sets for himself. After an emotional final day, he addressed a charged press conference. Excerpts:

    How difficult was the decision?

     

    It's tough when you've played 18 years of international cricket. Delhi has been special. I have some fond memories, personally as a cricketer and also as a team. But the body was asking questions every day. Probably, the injury helped me make the decision.

     

    On when he informed his teammates and whether recent criticism pushed him towards retirement?

     

    I did inform them (team-mates). I made the decision the previous night. I didn't take the decision

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