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Gambhir: Arjuna bigger than ICC's top rank

Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 10:57 [IST]
 
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'Arjuna award bigger than ICC top rank'

New Delhi: Prolific Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has stated that he regards Arjuna Award as the biggest honour than being NO.1 in ICC rankings.

Gambhir is the only Indian cricketer to be recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award by the Sports Ministry of India.

In an interview given to 'Times of India' said " Arjuna Award will be biggest hounour in my life. It is bigger than being ranked NO.1 in ICC ranking. It really feels great to hounoured by Indian government.; It means a lot to me and I am thankful to all those who have contributed to my success and I owe this moment to everyone"

The 27-year-old left-handed opener was candid enough to admit that India's poor batting was the major reason for their early exit from the recently concluded T20 world cup. However he rubbished criticisms on Indian players inability to face the short pitch balls.

Gambhir rated his century against Sri Lanka in Colombo this year as the best One-day knock of his career.

Gambhir recently become only the sixth Indian to occupy the top slot of the ICC Test chart and he did that in the fifth year of his international career, having made his debut against Australia in November in Mumbai.

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