‘The moment I feel I can’t play international cricket anymore, I will retire’, says Gautam Gambhir

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Gambhir was the top-ranked Test batsman in 2009

India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has not given up on making his international comeback and stated that he will only retire if he feels that he “can’t play international cricket anymore”.

With Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma having ousted Gambhir in the limited overs format and Murali Vijay having done the same thing, but only in Test cricket, Gambhir’s international career has come to a standstill and he will have to produce some magical innings if he wants to have any chance of travelling with the national team to South Africa in December.

“As long as the belief is still there, I can play international cricket, I will continue to play,” Gambhir said. “But the moment I feel I can’t play international cricket anymore, I will retire.”

Gambhir, who once stood high and mighty atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Batsman rankings in 2009, also noted that he plays cricket due to the fact that he has a passion and love for the sport.

“I always said that I don’t play cricket to make comebacks,” he said. “I play cricket because I enjoy the game.

“The word comeback is not in my dictionary.

“As a cricketer, I give my best for the team’s success. I am a player first who needs to be honest with the team. As a player, the aim should be to go out there and do the job to the best of your ability and win matches for your team.”

When asked about what his chances of touring South Africa with the Indian team were, Gambhir said: “It’s you (media) who say I am out of form if I don’t score run in one innings.

“But I don’t judge myself on every innings. I judge myself on how relaxed I am at the wicket and how much I am enjoying myself there.”

Gambhir also refused to comment on the successes and failures of any player in the national team.

“I never like talking about individuals because cricket is a team sport,” he said. “I don’t belive in commenting about individuals.”

The 32-year-old was also quick to dismiss rumours that he was considering coming in lower down the order.

“I am an opening batsman and I believe in opening the batting,” he said defiantly. “I think it is the toughest job to open the innings on hostile foreign wickets. I don’t believe in going down.”

Meanwhile, Gambhir also backed England to win the Ashes series.

“England are very good, balanced Test side,” he said. “Australia will have to play our of their skin to win the Ashes.”

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