Gautam Gambhir backs Team India to excel in World Cup

Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who missed out being a part of the World Cup team this year, feels there will be no weight on the Indian players’ shoulders as the team won’t carry any scars of previous poor performances in Australia, as he believes that the team will draw its strengths from “the confidence of young players.”

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Gambhir, who played an instrumental role in India’s triumph in the 2011 edition of the World Cup, felt that the Indian team will not face many difficulties in Australian conditions.

“I think except when you are playing in England or New Zealand where the ball swings and seams, everywhere else Indian cricketers feel at ease. Even during the Test series we saw the wickets were extremely flat. So I am expecting nothing different during the World Cup. Besides, conditions become irrelevant beyond a point in a big tournament like the World Cup,” said Gambhir.

Gambhir, who is currently playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy, feels that the tag of ‘defending champions’ will not affect the current Indian team.

“This doesn’t apply here as it is a new-look team. Only (MS) Dhoni, Virat (Kohli), R Ashwin and Suresh Raina are there from 2011. I don’t think today’s youngsters fear anything. This generation is extremely confident. They know that they have it in them to take on the world. I like the approach of the young Indian society where they want to take things head on,” added the left-hander.

The good words from Gambhir will definitely boost the confidence of the Indian side. India omitted five of their World Cup winning heroes from the current squad. Apart from Gambhir, the others to miss out were Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. The left-hander didn’t hide his disappointment on missing out on the World Cup berth but however remained confident.

“I still have bat in my hand. I’ve just turned 33 which is an age at which batsmen mature to play their best,” said Gambhir, who scored a match-winning 97 in the World Cup final of previous edition.