• Wish this year never ends: Gambhir

    In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, Gambhir talks about his break-out year, the turning point of his career, and his hunger to do better.

    India's batting sensation of 2008 tells G.S. Vivek why success hasn't changed his mindset.

     

    It was his first Man of the Match award in Test cricket, and Gautam Gambhir's big smile bounced off the gleaming trophy clutched tightly in his hands on Tuesday evening. It's been a great year for the left-handed opening batsman, and it might've been even better if Gambhir had got three more runs to bring up his century.

     

    He missed getting into that elite club of Indian batsmen - players who have scored hundreds in both innings of a Test match - that has Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid as its only members.

     

    With 2,245 runs this calendar year in international cricket, with six hundreds at a Test average of 70.87 and a one-day average of 46.62, Gambhir has left all his compatriots in the Indian dressing room behind. In an

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  • Speaking to Devendra Pandey at the ICL training camp, Dinesh Mongia expresses his frustration on being given a raw deal by the selectors, Indian cricket's obsession with stars and, at the end, threatens with an expose in the coming days.

    Dinesh Mongia is a changed man. From the mild-mannered, soft spoken batsman with a pleasant smile, Mongia is bitter today about the circumstances that saw him join the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Speaking to Devendra Pandey at the ICL training camp he expresses his frustration on being given a raw deal by the selectors, Indian cricket's obsession with stars and, at the end, threatens with an expose in the coming days. Excerpts:

     

    Didn't the eventuality of a BCCI ban bother you when you joined the ICL?

     

    • You can't help it. They have repeatedly ignored me and so they can't dictate where I play. Every player who has joined ICL wants to play cricket. Ask them to play beach cricket and they will. It's their rozi-roti. Tomorrow they will say stop

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  • The chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth spoke to Devendra Pandey of The Indian Express about the series, Ganguly's retirement and the immediate future.

    With the new selection committee taking over just before the start of a big series against the best team in the world, their first assignment was never going to be easy. What Krishnamachari Srikkanth and his fellow selectors did, under the circumstances, was go back to the tried and tested, and not fiddle around too much. The move paid rich dividends as the 2-0 scoreline suggests. The chairman of selectors spoke to Devendra Pandey about the series, Ganguly's retirement and the immediate future.

     

    Excerpts from the interview.

     

    It's not often that a young pacer bags the Man of the Series award in a home series. How does that feel?

     

    I think both medium-pacers did an extraordinary job. Ishant and Zaheer bowled their hearts out in the entire series. They both took wickets on dead tracks which had very little for the bowlers.

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