Gambhir has been involved in a number of on-field scuffles with Pakistani cricketers
India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he has no real interest in playing against rivals Pakistan, and feels as if they are just like any other team in international cricket.
“For me, Pakistan is no different from Bangladesh, Australia or New Zealand. The main thing is that you are playing for your country and that in itself is a big motivation,” Gambhir said.
The opening batsman was also asked about how India were coping with the transitional stage they are currently in since losing a few of their most senior players, including the great Rahul Dravid.
“There are no seniors or juniors in the Indian team. Everyone is equal in a team. If you are playing for India, you have to take the responsibility. Obviously, when you have experience, you are a bit more matured,” he said.
With India being in a transitional stage, many critics feel as if a change in captaincy is needed, and Gambhir is the best candidate to replace current captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
However, Gambhir noted that it was up to the selectors to decide when it was time for a change in the captaincy.
When asked about who he thought should be captain of the India team, Gambhir refused to give any answer, replying with “no comments.”
With India set to play four Test matches against England and Australia and two against New Zealand, Gambhir thinks that there is still a lot of preparation to be done if India are to have any chance of reclaiming their top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.
“This break from cricket will act as a positive for us. We will be able to come back fresh with better fitness. We have the talent and we have to get back to No 1 ranking in Tests,” he said.
When asked about how India can reclaim the top spot in the rankings, Gambhir stated that the team needed to work harder and improve their batting, bowling and fielding.
“In international cricket, doing well in one department isn’t good enough. We need to work hard and improve in all three departments of the game,” he added.