Gautam Gambhir thrilled with victory in spite of missing ton

Gautam Gambhir last scored an ODI hundred in 2010, but the southpaw shows no regret Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: February 13, 2012

Just as he was about to seal an Indian victory against Australia in the fourth ODI at the Adelaide Oval with a well-deserved hundred, Gautam Gambhir was unlucky to be adjudged LBW against Clint McKay, to a delivery that seemed to have pitched outside leg stump.

Nevertheless, the dashing opener was pleased with his performance. “There has been a lot of talk that I haven’t got a hundred and all that stuff. I have been consistently getting runs, if I start getting desperate for a hundred, it will go away,” he reportedly told Hindustan Times. “As I have always believed, any runs that can help the team win is far more important than scoring a hundred and being on the losing side.”

Gauti was rested for the third ODI against Sri Lanka, but clarified he had no problem with the rotation policy whatsoever. “With the amount of cricket we play, it’s always important to rotate players and keep them fresh. Australia have rested Mike Hussey as well, because they want to keep him fresh. Sometimes we talk about how we don’t rotate our players. Now we have started rotating them,” Gambhir commented.

“We know we have good bench strength. Someone like Rohit or Raina, I think, get that extra opportunity. Hopefully we can rotate everyone, which is very important.”