We want to win WC for Sachin: Gambhir

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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 15:00 [IST]
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We want to win WC for Sachin: Gambhir

New Delhi, Jan 18: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is brimming with confidence that Team India will go all out to win the World Cup in honour of the team's oldest player and veteran 6 times over, of the mega-tournament.

"I sincerely wish that this would not be Sachin's last World Cup and he would play one more. All members of the Indian side would like to win it for him," Gambhir told a leading news channel.

The aggressive southpaw also believed Yuvraj Singh's form would be crucial to India's fortunes in the tournament, scheduled to held in the sub-continent from February 19 to April 2.

"Yuvi can bat and bowl very nicely. He is a very passionate player," Gambhir said.

Gambhir negated the notion that Yuvraj is a party animal and stressed that he is in fact a hard worker. "The fact is that he devotes a lot of his time on cricket. He is a very focused and passionate player," Gambhir told a news channel.

Gambhir, who returned to India just prior to the start of the five-match one-day series against South Africa due to the fact that he had injured his left knuckles, says that he is certain to attain peak fitness before the tournament commences.

"I suffered an injury during the South African tour, but I will be fully fit before the World Cup," he said.

Gambhir was modest when drawn to the fact that he had left behind Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the IPL players' auction, by picking up $2.4 million pay-check.

"You cannot compare Sachin and Dhoni with anybody. I am sure that they would be happy to hear that I got such a sum. Apart from the fact that both are very fine players,they very nice human beings," Gambhir said.

Gambhir led India to a 5-0 sweep of New Zealand in a one-day series last Dec, and asked if he would like to lead the side in future, he said, "This is the wish of every player to lead India. I would also like to lead India. But, Dhoni is currently doing a great job."


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