Colombo, Jul 30: India's opener Gautam Gambhir who set the tone for Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan with a brilliant ton in the third ODI against Sri Lanka which helped India register a five-wicket win to take a lead in the series said awards do not matter at all for the Delhi batsman.
Gambhir who scored his 11th ODI ton to help India emerge victorious on Saturday, said he doesn't believe in awards nor hundreds but ensures that India's win is guaranteed.
"I have never believed in hundreds and awards," said Gambhir.
"To me, it's more important to contribute to the team in a winning cause. In India, there is a lot of emphasis on hundreds and five-wicket hauls, but there is no point of an individual milestone if the team ends up on the losing side," said Gambhir who scored 102 off 101 balls said after Raina who scored an unbeaten 65 guided India safe and was awarded the man of the match award for his contribution.
Gambhir also lauded Raina for his brilliant effort and said that is the importance of a batsman who comes down the order and Raina was the right person to guide India to a win.
"Suresh's position is such that whether we are batting first or batting second, he has to come and start to look to accelerate the scoring. That's the nature of his position and that's why he is picked in the side."
"He was brilliant today but everyone has a different job to do in the side, whether it is opening the batting or finishing off a chase. Whatever your role is, you need to do it to the best of your abilities because that's what the team needs of you," said Gambhir.