Not excited about playing Pakistan, says Gambhir

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Published: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:06 [IST]
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Gambhir not excited about playing Pak

New Delhi, Jun 9: As talks on resuming cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are growing every day, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir had said he is not excited about playing the neighbouring country.

"For me, Pakistan is no different from Bangladesh, Australia or New Zealand. The main thing is that you are playing for your country and that in itself is a big motivation," said the straight-talking left-hander, who has had on-field run-ins with Pakistani cricketers, including the feisty Shahid Afridi.

Talking about the void created by Rahul Dravid in the Test team, and about youngsters facing pressure to fill the void created due to Dravid's retirement, Gambhir dismissed such reports saying that youngsters are not under pressure to fill Dravid's place.

"There are no seniors or juniors in the Indian team. Everyone is equal in a team. If you are playing for India, you have to take the responsibility. Obviously, when you have experience, you are a bit more matured," Gambhir said after his office team ONGC beat Rajnigandha Club at Modern School ground (Barakhamba Road) in the Lala Raghubir Hot Weather tournament.

Gambhir, in his recent interview to a television channel had said he is ready to lead the Indian cricket team and when he was asked about the same, the Delhi batsman refused to talk more about his views and said it was not in his hands.

"That's for selectors to decide," was Gambhir's terse reply.

When reporters probed him as to who would be the right candidate to lead the side in future, Gambhir refused to comment.

"No comments," reporters had to be contended with it as Gambhir refused to talk about captaincy row.

India are scheduled to play 10 Test matches in the next few months, while 4 matches are against the No 1 Test team England and Michael Clarke-led Australia followed by two Test matches against New Zealand.

When asked Gambhir about the team's preparation he said, there is a need to play well against the top teams and regain the numero one position in ICC rankings.

"This break from cricket will act as a positive for us. We will be able to come back fresh with better fitness. We have the talent and we have to get back to No 1 ranking in Tests," the senior opener said.

Gambhir urged the team to improve in all the three departments of the game.
"In international cricket, doing well in one department isn't good enough. We need to work hard and improve in all three departments of the game."

Having played a few matches for his office team ONGC in the unbearable Delhi heat, the left-handed batsman had no complaints as he said it was his duty ot play for his office team.

"I am employed with ONGC. The company pays me salary and it is my responsibility to play for them."


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