Not bothered about my designation in team: Gambhir

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Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:56 [IST]
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Not bothered about designation: Gambhir

Chennai, July 16: India's Gautam Gambhir wants to perform the role given to him as a true professional and cleared the air by saying that he is not bothered about his designation in team.

While there were talks about Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir being ignored for the post of vice-captaincy, selectors in order to groom the youngsters insisted on another Delhi-lad, Virat Kohli to take over as MS Dhoni's deputy.

With Virat Kohli being retained as vice captain for the series against Sri Lanka which starts on July 21, after he replaced Gambhir as vice captain for Asia Cup in March 2012, there were speculations about the openers being ignored.

Gambhir, in order to avoid such complications, cleared the air saying that he was not bothered about the designation but would like to focus on the role given to him.

"I am not bothered about my designation in the team. My job is to play to my potential as a professional and do well for my country and my team," Gambhir told reporters here, after the first day of the training-camp ahead of the Sri Lankan tour.

Both the openers from Delhi share a similar opinion when it comes to team's success as Gambhir had mentioned earlier that a leader is as good as his team, and it's not about the captain alone.

The left-handed opener emphasised that success of team even goes beyond the performance of the players.

"I have always maintained that a captain is as good as his team. The credit of success goes to everyone in the team and not the captain alone. Not only the 23 players but all the support staff and management staff of the team," he said.

While Virender Sehwag recently echoed his opening partner's opinion on MS Dhoni's team winning the World Cup in 2011, as he said World Cup was a team effort and not because of Dhoni alone on the sidelines of an event recently.

Gambhir, having said that he is not bothered about his designation, put an end to the speculation and said the team needs to perform well against Lanka to set a tone for the season, as they are scheduled to play a series against England and Australia later this year, meanwhile will be playing the ICC World T20 in September this year which will also be hosted by Sri Lanka.

"It is a fresh series of a fresh season and it is important that we need to be totally professional in our approach to gain the momentum and take it forward in our next series against England and Australia.

"We have talented players in our dressing room and we need to play to our potential to gain good results. Sri Lanka is a very formidable side in their own backyard," he said.


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