New Delhi: For someone on a comeback trail, Gautam Gambhir is full of spirit and spunk. The Delhi left-hander is adamant that he won’t relinquish his favourite opening slot for a return to the Indian team.
“I have never thought of batting in the middle order. I have and will always be an opening batsman. I won’t compromise on my position even though it is the toughest position to bat,” Gambhir said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a promotional event, the 32-year-old batsman stressed that he won’t continue playing just to extend his career.
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“I will continue to play as long as I believe I can compete at the top level. The moment I feel I can’t play international cricket anymore, I will retire,” he said.
Gambhir was a pivotal member of the team which won the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 World Cup but after a torrid run with the bat during last year’s series against England, coupled with the emergence of state mate Shikhar Dhawan, he has been forced to cool his heels.
Gambhir, however, is not perturbed.
“I don’t play cricket to make comebacks. I play cricket because I enjoy the game. As a player, my aim is to go out there and play to the best of my ability and win matches for my team.”
He also felt that there was too much hype surrounding the upcoming South Africa tour. He also refused to comment on whether the present batting line-up has helped in India’s recent good run.
“For me every tour is important and it doesn’t matter whether India is touring West Indies or South Africa. For a player, representing his country is the ultimate honour. I have never been fascinated by ratings. Cricket is a team sport and every player has a role in the team’s success.”
The topic of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement also cropped up and Gambhir, like any other player of his generation, expressed gratitude for the legend.
“His humility speaks volumes about his character. I am glad that we won the 2011 World Cup as we knew that it could be his last. We were determined to win the trophy for him.”
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