Gambhir is only looking to score runs and do anything else in order to make sure India win
India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he does not care about what position he holds in the team, as the only interest on his mind is scoring runs and playing a role in helping his side win as many matches as possible.
“I am not bothered about my designation in the team. My job is to play to my potential as a professional and do well for my country and my team,” Gambhir told reporters.
India’s rising batting star Virat Kohli replaced Gambhir as the vice-captain during the Asia Cup in March, and still currently holds on to the position under the lead of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
However, Gambhir vowed that he would not lose focus just because he lost the role of vice-captain, and further added that a team’s success does not only depend on the way the captain runs things.
The opening batsman also mentioned that a team’s success was based beyond the performance of the players.
“I have always maintained that a captain is as good as his team. The credit of success goes to everyone in the team and not the captain alone. Not only the 23 players but all the support staff and management staff of the team,” he said.
Gambhir noted that India’s win over Sri Lanka had given them a confidence boost going into their upcoming series against New Zealand, England and Australia.
“It is a fresh series of a fresh season and it is important that we need to be totally professional in our approach to gain the momentum and take it forward in our next series against England and Australia,” Gambhir said when asked about how important the New Zealand tour would be in setting the tone when India play Australia and England, both of whom whitewashed the Indians in their Test series last year.
“As we play in all three forms of cricket, the coming series is important to us. I can take forward my success to Test series against England and Australia. We can take the momentum forward,” Gambhir added.
Gambhir stated that when India play against opposing teams, they do not target any specific player.
“It does not matter how often you play against known players. It is important as to how you succeed with your on-field plans. Whether we are familiar with the players or conditions, we need to deliver,” he said.
When asked about how he felt about playing a series against Pakistan, Gambhir said: “It (series with Pakistan) is to be decided by the BCCI and the government. No professional cricketer would say that he approaches a series against Pakistan or any other country with a particular strategy. We take every match and series as it comes. Whether we are playing Bangladesh or Afghanistan or Pakistan, we cannot take any team lightly. We are professional cricketers and we need to perform as professionals on field.”