New Delhi, Jun 2: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to its first Indian Premier League title, has said that he is ready to lead the national team in Tests.
Kolkata Knight Riders, blossomed under the captaincy of the Delhi-lad Gambhir as they played consistently as hard work paid off on May 27, when they defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets to claim their first IPL title in five years.
With the recent triumph, Gambhir feels he is ready for the next big honour, leading India in Tests.
"Absolutely, it is the biggest honour. I am ready for it. Ready for the responsibility of the challenge because you want to take different challenges as well. That's where your mental toughness and character will be tested."
"I have heard of the talks (of he being made India captain) but as I have said a captain is as good as the team. It's a successful team that makes a successful captain and not that a successful captain makes a successful team," he said.
Interestingly stats are against Gambhir as he has struggled to score runs in away Tests, over the years and has performed extremely well only in the sub-continent. Moreover, Dhoni's views on not being able to continue the longer versions in order to stay fit until 2015 World Cup led to this debate.
While Gambhir, who hints at taking up Test captaincy was sacked as vice captain of Indian cricket Team eearlier this year ahead of the Asia Cup.
"I am very very insecure guy as far as my profession is concerned and my insecurity is far more than my security. Even now to be honest. That's how I played my cricket starting from my Under-14 days, everyone told me if I don't score runs I will be dropped. Since I started playing cricket as a kid I consider every game I played my last game.
"Even at this stage, if I don't score runs in two or three game I start feeling that I am going to be dropped. That has gone so much inside my system that I have started living with it," Gambhir told NDTV.
The Delhi opener talks about his career, the game being his first priority and says he does not enjoy too much of cricket.
"I don't enjoy, to be honest, too much of cricket. For me cricket is something which is my priority. I want to get there and get the best result. One thing which has helped me is that whatever I have gone through I try not to give to other people playing with me. Whenever I led a side I have always tried that my players feel secure.
Asked wheher he enjoys being a leader of the side, he said "It's not about I enjoy or not. Till the time the team is enjoying I am happy with that," he said.
Talking about his IPL stint, Gambhir sais he was pleased with his association with KKR.
"I have been very lucky to be at KKR because the best two years of my IPL career was with KKR. I have never been so relaxed and I have never enjoyed cricket so much than I enjoyed at KKR."