Home > News >

Gautam Gambhir says he never played the game for selfish reasons

Gautam Gambhir reiterated that he still has the hunger to represent India © Getty Images
Gautam Gambhir reiterated that he still has the hunger to represent India © Getty Images

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Jan 4, 2013

Out-of-favour opener Gautam Gambhir is determined to fight his way back into the national team through hardwork, saying that he doesn’t want to take the “selfish” route by scoring heavily on flat tracks to stage his comeback.

“I have never played cricket for selfish reasons like scoring 800-900 runs on flat tracks to make a comeback. It’s upto an individual and I am not one of those guys who would back out from competition. Delhi team needed outright wins and I insisted on playing on green top at the Roshanara rather than on a flat track. Had I played on a flat track, I could have got close to 900 runs. I have never ever played cricket that way with such selfish motives,” Gambhir told PTI in an exclusive interview.

The 31-year-old scored 578 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season with a top score of 153 at the Roshanara on a green top against Haryana just before the Test squad to South Africa was announced.

With the team for New Zealand also announced, Gambhir has taken the decision to chin-up and is ready to fight his way back.

” I am not in the team to New Zealand but I wish all the 16-17 guys best of luck for the tour. As I have maintained that I don’t play for comebacks, I play the game because I still have that hunger to perform. I want to be part of the team that wins a Test series in England and Australia.This is what drives me on as in my 54 Tests, we only won a series in New Zealand and drew in South Africa,” Gambhir said.

He also didn’t wish to comment on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s take that he is the No 3 opener in the country now.

“Frankly, I don’t know whether I am 1, 2, 3 or last. I know that my job is to score runs and I will continue to do that. Someone asked me what exactly is a finished product, I said that no one ever is a finished product. We strive to improve everyday,” Gambhir said.

“I am an intense person on the field. I always want to win as it matters to me a lot. That’s why I never like to lose the focus or intensity,” he explained.

The veteran of 54 Tests and 147 ODIs doesn’t want to look too far ahead and instead concentrate on his immediate future when asked whether he feels that he would be in the scheme of things for the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

“Look I don’t know what’s in store tomorrow and 2015 World Cup is like looking too far ahead. I would like to think about Vijay Hazare Trophy and then about IPL which also is not anytime soon. I like to take each day as it comes and focus on my performance,” Gambhir further added.

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Cricket on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Videos

Brian Lara speaks on the art of batting

Mitchell Marsh helps Perth Scorchers clinch 3-wicket victory against Lahore Lions in CLT20 2014

Live Cricket Score Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Barbados Tridents win by 6 wickets

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Have Manish Pandey’s T20 performances eclipsed his impressive First-Class record?

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions Perth Scorchers

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights, Match 20, CLT20 2014: Barbados register 6-wicket win in final group match

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Tridents have their maiden win in CLT20 2014

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: After decent start by Tridents, Knights make comeback with late wickets

Bangladesh Cricket Board: Nadir Shah ban still on

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Knights set target of 138 (D/L) in 19 overs

Top score by a batsman whose teammates scored less than 10 each in a T20

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 CLT20 2014: Lahore likely XI

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 — Key Battles

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiled

Health Minister says UHAM to be world’s largest public health insurance programme

Bullets Will Fly in Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif’s Action Thriller ‘Bang Bang’

NGOs pursue education for all

Sex after pregnancy — how to get her in the mood

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Mary Kom eyes golden glory, Indian eves to vie for Asiad bronze in hockey

Top score by a batsman whose teammates scored less than 10 each in a T20

Pankaj Kapur saw son Shahid Kapoor’s Haider and said “It’s Okay”

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights, Match 20, CLT20 2014: Barbados register 6-wicket win in final group match

Ello might be ad-free, but it is far from claiming Facebook’s throne

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here