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Win is more important than Sachin's ton: Gambhir

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 12:27 [IST]
 
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Win important than Sachin's 100: Gambhir

Adelaide, Jan 22: The series is out of grasp but India opener Gautam Gambhir said the debacle has not affected the team's motivation and the players are focused on winning the fourth and final Test to avoid a whitewash against Australia.

"Every Test is special. You have to be motivated. There is no lack of motivation. You shouldn't be playing cricket if you are not motivated," said Gambhir on Sunday after the team's practice session ahead of the match starting here on Tuesday.

"The thing is, you don't get bad in one or two series. Just two series back, we were the world's best. That's when your character comes outyou try to back each other and support each other. Back your own team when the entire squad is down," he added.

Gambhir said he puts a lot of premium on his side doing well here - more than even the elusive 100th international hundred of Sachin Tendulkar.

"It's more satisfying for me if India wins the Test than if Tendulkar scores his 100th century. When you play for the country, you want the team to win and not individuals to get records.

"The 0-3 scoreline hurts far more than Tendulkar not getting his 100. If India can make it 1-3, it would be far satisfying than if Tendulkar gets his hundred (and India ends up still losing)."

PTI

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