December 13, 2011

'Forget the hundreds, just score runs'

Gautam Gambhir talks about coming to terms with the dip in his form, and looking forward to Australia
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This will be your first trip to Australia as a Test opener. Are you geared up for it?
It is going to be a very challenging tour but exciting at the same time. As a cricketer you always want to do well in Australia, as that gives you a lot of satisfaction. It is a great place to play cricket in. I played in the CB Series in 2008 and I did pretty well there, and this time I am looking forwarding to opening in Test cricket.

Australia are one team that come hard at you all the time. They do not let you score runs easily. They are a tough team to crack and they have always done well under pressure. They have a good fast bowling attack, and even the crowd there is against you When they come hard at you, you need to have a lot of mental strength to tackle them.

You are going through a phase where you are getting starts but not converting them. Your last Test century came in January 2010. How much does that affect you in your batting?
It is not that I'm not scoring runs. If I was getting out cheaply or getting very low scores, I would be thinking about it. Sometimes when you think too much about scoring a hundred, what happens is, you start getting desperate for it.

I have always believed that when you open the batting you want to make the most of it; you want to score big runs. As an opening batsman you have to face the new ball and you never know what could happen in the next innings. But the most important thing is, you have to give [the team] decent starts. In the home Test series against West Indies we had some good opening stands between myself and Viru [Virender Sehwag], which set the platform for the middle order.

I want to score runs and big runs. That is what I have always wanted to do. And when I was scoring big hundreds, I was not thinking about it. I was just staying in the present, watching the ball. That is what I am doing now. In the Indore ODI I thought I would get a hundred, but I was caught. I know I have not scored an international century for nearly a year, but the important thing is to keep scoring runs and keep scoring big runs.

You mentioned getting desperate. Have you ever reached a point of desperation?
People will always recognise a batsman if he scores a hundred. And when everyone keeps talking about [how] you have not scored a hundred, it plays on your mind. It is very difficult to take it out of your system. But as I said, if I keep thinking too much, I might not be able to score what I have been scoring and giving good starts. Then I would only be thinking about not scoring a hundred. You start from nought, and from nought to a hundred is a long, long journey.

Have you spoken about it to anyone?
This is something I cannot really discuss honestly. There are so many great batsmen who did not score hundreds for a long time, but once it comes you end up scoring a lot of hundreds together. It is just incidental. Before scoring my second Test hundred against Australia, in Mohali, I had said I just needed one and I would try and get lots of hundreds. That was what happened: I scored five in five. And now there is a phase where I have not scored a hundred in a long time. But at least I have been scoring decently and I have been pretty consistent. I do not want to score a hundred in one innings followed by a lot of low scores. I would rather have four or five good, decent scores that will contribute to the team's cause.

Honestly I have not discussed this with anyone because deep inside my heart I know my style and I have scored five consecutive hundreds in five Test matches. So I am not getting worried yet.

"If I keep thinking too much, I might not be able to score what I have been scoring and giving good starts. Then I would only be thinking about not scoring a hundred. You start from nought, and from nought to a hundred is a long, long journey"

The England tour was a difficult time, where you were hit in the field and forced to return home due to concussion.
It is absolutely fine now. In England out of the six innings, I played three with an injury. But that is over now. After that, in the England ODI series [in India] I managed to get some good scores, and against West Indies I was pretty happy with the way I was hitting my strokes.

You and Sehwag did not open in all the matches in England, but both of you are now fit and among the runs. That should be a shot in the arm for the Indian batting.
I remember Rahul [Dravid] saying in an interview that it was very good to have two positive openers because they can score runs very freely and very quickly. Whenever me and Viru open the batting, we always discuss scoring runs rather than surviving, because cricket is all about scoring runs. You can survive a whole session and score 30 to 50 runs, but suddenly you get out and realise that you have not taken the team anywhere. Instead, you'd rather have been 100 for 2 than 50 for 2. Both of us always look to be positive. Ultimately you want to score runs and put the opposition under pressure.

What does Sehwag scoring 200 in ODI mean to you?
It is very special, even to me. Being the highest run-getter in ODI cricket is no doubt a great feeling. He has done [the job] whenever he has got the opportunity. Hopefully he can continue with this form in Australia. Test matches are a different ball game but he can take a lot of confidence from this 200 against West Indies because having runs under your belt is always good when you go on a tough tour. It puts us in a good position to give good starts.

Sehwag revealed that he had with him the DVD of Sachin Tendulkar's double-century for inspiration. Do you have anything similar to motivate yourself with?
I do have some of my own good Test innings, like the century in Napier, the Wellington innings, the 90 and 70-odd in Cape Town. Watching them helps me get in the frame of mind for Test cricket. When you are constantly playing cricket, all three forms, you hardly get any time to adapt quickly mentally [and get] into the frame of mind needed for each format.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on December 16, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Gambhir fails in batting whenever he plays T-20 shots in Test Cricket or ODI's.He should remember & eliminate his tendency to flash at balls wide outside the off stump. That is one of the fundamantal rules any young cricketer is taught in school Cricket. India expects Gambhir & Sehwag to give them a good start of at least 50 runs or more. The middle order depends heavily on such start. So Gambhir must play responsibly by shoulder arming the balls wide outside the off stump of bouncers harmlessly sailing over his head. He got out in this way at least 3 times against WI in the last series.He should be determined to stay at the crease & avoid open face strokes for at least first 10 overs.Runs will come if you stay at the crease. In India the new ball does not swing as much but in the Aussie conditons it has been swinging about a yard from bowler's arm to WK. So judicious shoulder arming is a fundamental necessity to avoid being caught in the cordon. Good Luck!.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    No doubt this attitude of Gauti would surely take him to a maximum height of greatness .he is very talented player of cricket his innings becomes more beautiful when he is chasing the targets although he had not scored a century in last year but no one can forget his 97 knock against Sri Lanka

  • zico123 on December 14, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Gambhir has to concentrate more on drives and flicks, rather than slashes and pokes which is gettng him out, he has to start hitting hundreds consistently again and win back Test cricketer of the year award

  • zico123 on December 14, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Gambhir have to clear his mind and focus solely on Australia Test series, he and Sehwag have to score big hundreds and bat Australia out of the games

  • sweetspot on December 14, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    No matter what the stats say or do not, Dravid can make batting look incredibly difficult. He can take the fun out of any game on his given day. I do not enjoy his batting as a cricket fan for this one reason. I can admire his shots and the classical stuff, but he just isn't fun. Sachin too, of late, has been batting inside a shell of some sort, but we know he can come out of it explosively too. I suppose it takes all sorts to make a Test team work, but I really do not want my patience tested in the process. This is a game, not some torture bearing competition.

  • knvkk on December 14, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    nobody has the right to mock at either Sachin or Dravid......both are modern greats and Sachin has been hailed by no less than the Don himself....There have been phases where both have gone without runs but come out of lean phases in quick time....Sachin especially......Rahul Dravid has always said that he looks upto Sachin and Sachin has said that Rahul is a great batsman.....While Rahul digs into himself at the crease, Sachin generally is on the look out for runs and hence faces the risk of getting out and STATS are the backbone for success......runs in cricket do not come easily and even the minnows cannot be taken lightly!!! However cricketing greats agree unanimously that Sachin at his peak would be amongst the top three of all time..........

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 14, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    @a1234s: i never compared SRT with RD. they are players of different mold. while SRT is a genius, RD is a grafter. but i didnt agree with the statement "RD isn't a match winner". i think RD is indeed a match winner with all regards.

  • Vijay_P_S on December 14, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    The way I see it, Dravid is mentally more tough than Sachin but Sachin is more talented than Dravid. I guess different fans find different qualities appealing.

  • Dee_D on December 14, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    All the people taking pot-shots at gambhir have forgotten what happened in south africa this year in january. http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2010/engine/match/463148.html After this match many praised gambhir for his tenacity and determination. he was injured when he battled there.

  • jayray999 on December 14, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: You say, 'all these silly stats don't prove anything my dear brothers.' I agree, but my stats were merely a response to yours.

  • Nampally on December 16, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Gambhir fails in batting whenever he plays T-20 shots in Test Cricket or ODI's.He should remember & eliminate his tendency to flash at balls wide outside the off stump. That is one of the fundamantal rules any young cricketer is taught in school Cricket. India expects Gambhir & Sehwag to give them a good start of at least 50 runs or more. The middle order depends heavily on such start. So Gambhir must play responsibly by shoulder arming the balls wide outside the off stump of bouncers harmlessly sailing over his head. He got out in this way at least 3 times against WI in the last series.He should be determined to stay at the crease & avoid open face strokes for at least first 10 overs.Runs will come if you stay at the crease. In India the new ball does not swing as much but in the Aussie conditons it has been swinging about a yard from bowler's arm to WK. So judicious shoulder arming is a fundamental necessity to avoid being caught in the cordon. Good Luck!.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    No doubt this attitude of Gauti would surely take him to a maximum height of greatness .he is very talented player of cricket his innings becomes more beautiful when he is chasing the targets although he had not scored a century in last year but no one can forget his 97 knock against Sri Lanka

  • zico123 on December 14, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Gambhir has to concentrate more on drives and flicks, rather than slashes and pokes which is gettng him out, he has to start hitting hundreds consistently again and win back Test cricketer of the year award

  • zico123 on December 14, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Gambhir have to clear his mind and focus solely on Australia Test series, he and Sehwag have to score big hundreds and bat Australia out of the games

  • sweetspot on December 14, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    No matter what the stats say or do not, Dravid can make batting look incredibly difficult. He can take the fun out of any game on his given day. I do not enjoy his batting as a cricket fan for this one reason. I can admire his shots and the classical stuff, but he just isn't fun. Sachin too, of late, has been batting inside a shell of some sort, but we know he can come out of it explosively too. I suppose it takes all sorts to make a Test team work, but I really do not want my patience tested in the process. This is a game, not some torture bearing competition.

  • knvkk on December 14, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    nobody has the right to mock at either Sachin or Dravid......both are modern greats and Sachin has been hailed by no less than the Don himself....There have been phases where both have gone without runs but come out of lean phases in quick time....Sachin especially......Rahul Dravid has always said that he looks upto Sachin and Sachin has said that Rahul is a great batsman.....While Rahul digs into himself at the crease, Sachin generally is on the look out for runs and hence faces the risk of getting out and STATS are the backbone for success......runs in cricket do not come easily and even the minnows cannot be taken lightly!!! However cricketing greats agree unanimously that Sachin at his peak would be amongst the top three of all time..........

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 14, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    @a1234s: i never compared SRT with RD. they are players of different mold. while SRT is a genius, RD is a grafter. but i didnt agree with the statement "RD isn't a match winner". i think RD is indeed a match winner with all regards.

  • Vijay_P_S on December 14, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    The way I see it, Dravid is mentally more tough than Sachin but Sachin is more talented than Dravid. I guess different fans find different qualities appealing.

  • Dee_D on December 14, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    All the people taking pot-shots at gambhir have forgotten what happened in south africa this year in january. http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2010/engine/match/463148.html After this match many praised gambhir for his tenacity and determination. he was injured when he battled there.

  • jayray999 on December 14, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: You say, 'all these silly stats don't prove anything my dear brothers.' I agree, but my stats were merely a response to yours.

  • karthikmanohar on December 14, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I really don't understand the comparison between two legends of INDIA.Both match winners of there own.How can somebody say they are not match winner's when they scored 13000 and 15000 thousand international test runs respectively.They have there own philosophy's to batting and they both have sucess in that.

  • a1234s on December 14, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas I don't agree with you at all. Sachin is as determined as Dravid, if not more.

    But his real talent lies in giving stability to the innings, to give confidence to other players, to protect, to guide, to inspire. Sure, he failed in England. But look at his battles against Steyn in SA in the most recently concluded SA tests in SA. Look at his performance against England in India. He was rock solid.

    Dravid's real talent on the other hand is to anchor one end. To make sure wickets don't fall.

    As long as people don't try to bring Sachin down with silly statements or useless numbers, I am fine.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 14, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    @Mr.Gupta, Jayray, a1234s, all these silly stats don't prove anything my dear brothers. That's the whole point. I can select some filter and you can select some filter and somebody else can select some other filter. This is all silly. Let's all just stop mocking Sachin and Dravid on Cricinfo. They played very well for our country. Sachin is all about inborn natural genius, talent and skill who is slightly low on ability and determination in a match situation. Dravid is all about honed skills, ability and determination who is slightly low on natural talent. The genius of Dravid lies in his unreal ability to go into a shell as per match situation and then take control at an opportune moment by making excellent use of his honed skills. Their respective traits brought success to both of them and to India in the grand scheme of things. Why should somebody poke at Dravid and why should I poke at Sachin? Why can't we all be happy for both of them instead of feeling bitter about them?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Guys, can we just take it easy on this Dravid and Sachin bashing? Ravi Darira started all this by taking an uncalled for dig at Dravid. Let's stop belittling these two greats from India. I hate to mock Sachin but can't keep quiet if somebody keeps twisting facts about Dravid. Let's stop this internal fights and pray for our team's succes Down Under. That's all I've got to say. Cheers....

  • mrgupta on December 14, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: I don't understand what is it that you are trying to prove? Counting only when he has scored less than 34, that's only 153 out of 303 innings thats 50%. So from your stats it means Sachin has scored more than 34 in around 50% of times he has batted. That's Awsome! Have you tried the same criteria on Sir Don, in 30 out of 52 tests, 52 innings out of 80 played, in more than 60% innings he has scored less than 34, so does that mean he was no match winner either? Rahul Dravid has scored less than 34 in 108 out of his 160 matches. What does it even prove?

  • jayray999 on December 14, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: And so are these 130 matches and 155 innings: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;runsmin1=34;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=batting;view=series

  • Gizza on December 13, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Of course Dravid is a far bigger match winner than Tendulkar. Sachin may be the best batsman but for the sake of the team winning I would choose three batsmen before him in the Indian team. Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag for different situation. Dravid on tougher batting wickets, Laxman when India needs to make a comeback or requires runs with the tail and Sehwag on flatter pitches but where India needs a boost in run rate and terrify the bowlers. Sachin scores Test runs in pressure free environments though he is more of a team player in ODI's. And @ian_ghose, actually in England recently the Indian support was tiny clearly less than 5%. It is no wonder England hammered India 4-0 as the Indians are always used to strong support. There will be more support for India in Aus. Also when England goes to India the Barmy Army will be drowned out by the huge India crowds (as long as BCCI choose right locations). Strauss and co. would never have experienced something like this in their recent career

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    @Ravi Darira, some more in your face facts; only your good self would know how scores of 61, 129, 55, 50, 53, 93, 111, 68, 51, 136, 66, 83, 62, 60, 177, 144, 74, 111*, 77, 104 and 191 are akin to barely scoring in the period from 1st Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2010. How is it that scoring centuries to save series against SL or scoring useful half centuries against NZ and Aus is akin to barely scoring? How can scores of 104 and 191 be termed as barely scoring when Sachin was a sitting duck at home against NZ? Get a grip. Will you? Thanks for giving us an insight into your 'lofty' standards to hate Dravid. I have prepared some nice stats on Sachin's career. Now don't compel me to get started on him on Cricinfo. Please stay away from slinging mud on Dravid. It's a request. I hate to mock Sachin but some uncalled for vitriol from guys like you against Dravid leaves me with no option but to throw 'proper' light on Sachin. Please stay away from Dravid and I shall stay away from Sachin. Deal?

  • on December 13, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    "Sehwag revealed that he had with him the DVD of Sachin Tendulkar's double-century for inspiration. Do you have anything similar to motivate yourself with?" Question asked by Gollapudi Why has Gollapudi put this question in front of Gambhir? Any validity or purpose to this question. This is based on two points. 1. How does anybody know that Sehwag watched Ten's DVD before going out to bat for inspiration? There is no record of that and I think it is a story fabricated by Gollapudi who may be in Tendulkar's payroll or may be Ten's relative. 2.Gollapudi probably expected a response like "Tendulkar ,of course" or some similar retort which ,mercifully, did not happen. His response was admirably when he replied that he reflected on his own play in difficult times. It is the corrupt people with hidden agenda that is ruining the game.

  • nyc_missile on December 13, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Gambhir needs to lighten up a bit and may be can take the cue from his esteemed colleague Viru in this regard.May be Viru himself should ask Gambhir 'Why so serious' because if he does that,this guy can score big as seen before.Intensity is alright but one needs to strike the right balance.For all the Dravid bashers,what did Sachin do in England when a slightest bit of helping hand could have saved if not won us, a few games.Heck,even Dhoni the de facto tail ender in Tests managed to score OK in the last two innings.Sachin was/is less of a match winner than Dravid ever was/is.Facts and history shows this...I deliberately avoid superlatives here because it is indeed futile exercise as everybody in the fab four have had their moments of glory.We can only compare and analyze..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @1234s, oh yeah? Check this link to see your match winning paper god in full flow. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;runsmax1=34;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=batting;view=series . That is 130 matches/153 innings. It's hard to remember how many aweful innings, matches and series Sachin has had. Nuff said.

  • a1234s on December 13, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas same goes for Dravid. he is no match winner either. England, SA, Australia are the most recent examples.

    @passionate_cricket_follower I don't even want to argue with you.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 13, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    @a1234s: i don't quite agree with you. dravid is indeed a match winner. he's played many and won many for India (both tests and ODI). there was a time when India's performance in overseas series depended entirely on Dravid's form.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    @a1234s, who started this nonsense again? Ravi Darira it is. There's nothing like a match winner in a team game. There can only be a match finisher. But if you still want to say there is this thing called match winner then yeah, Sachin is no match winner. We saw it in South Africa and umpteen other occasions. Nuff said.

  • a1234s on December 13, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Dravid fans are at it gain. I really don't understand their fixation with Sachin. Get over it. Dravid is not a match winner. That was clearly displayed in the series against England. Ofcourse, who can forget SA and Aus tests where he didn't score any runs at all.

  • Rahulbose on December 13, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Gambhir is spot on about giving the team good starts. That is the first priority for test match openers. People harping about lack of 100s should go back and get a history check. I remember the days when the batting started at no3 and openers where just dead bats like Sanjay Banger and Aakash Chopra who were in the team just to see off the new ball. Compare that to today when Sehwag and Gambhir routinely score 50+ opening stands usually at about run a ball.

  • ian_ghose on December 13, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    "and even the crowd there is against you When they come hard at you" - what he means to say is that Australia is the only country where the Indians don't outnumber the locals...just about everywhere else, its just Indians who are at the stadium (except in India perhaps...where no one turns up for Test matches :p)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    @Sumit Jha, well said about Dravid. Cheers....:)

  • on December 13, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    I consider Gambhir is the Matty (Hayden) of current era. He score when its needed most and always have right balance of aggression and defensive approach. Probably best among who can tackle any spinner on any pitch. Two Tumbs up for Gambhir.

  • NikhilNair on December 13, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Every time Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, or any player goes through lean patch... I become a bit worried... but I'm not sure, but I never became concerned about Gambhir. He's one of the best in the team... and though he hasn't been consistent in the recent past, when he made a contribution, it came when someone has to stand up for the team [April 2, 2011 :P]. I support you Gambhir... ROCK IT IN AUSTRALIA!

  • on December 13, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Nice thoughts.......Scoring runs for team is far more important than just always looking for 100. Aussies .......Beware !

  • on December 13, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Very well put across by Gambhir on a variety of matters. According to me he's the best left hand batsmen and opener in the world right now. His innings in NZ in the 4th innings, Scores of 90's in two tests in SA and the world cup final innings are something to die for. An absolutely astonishing display of grit and stylish batting..!!

  • Raj12345 on December 13, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Don't worry. Even if you don't score runs and you are not fit also, we don't bother you being in team. You have lot of past records, that is enough to survive in team. Make sure to hit one 100, then u can survive next 1 year.

  • cricket-is-passion on December 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    No Doubt about Gambhir's ability, he just have to focus and score runs. Need not be 100's could be 40's or 50's to make 100+ for first wicket would help Team India to capitalize. I think the team is looks like Dhoni,Veeru,Gambhir,Dravid,Tendulkar,Laxman,Zaheer,Yadav,Ishanth,Ashwin and last spot could be b/n Virat/Rohit/Ojha/Vinay. I think Virat will be picked up due to his medium pace attack ahead of Rohit. I think we need a player or couple of like Irfan who can bat and bowl through Ashwin proved he can bat but only in one innings so not sure how he can face on pacy tracks. If he can bat well then it is really helpful to India to secure a series win. Lets hope for the best.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    @Ravi Darira, welcome back. Centuries are over-rated eh?! Wasn't that held against Dravid by you and the other Darira that Dravid didn't score an overseas hundred during so and so time period forgetting conveniently that he made timely and useful half centuries in New Zealand and Australia (90+ at Perth)? Sachin came back as such a sitting duck in England that the heroics of Dravid couldn't make any difference. There's a reason why we have 11 players in each team. This thing of one match winner is non-sense as explained by Karthik Raja in one of his posts, something that Sachin fanatics keep trolling about again and again. Get over your obsession with Dravid. Most of the Indian fans on Cricinfo are just toning down on Dravid and Sachin Bashing. So, now, don't get me started on your paper god. As long as your group doesn't sling mud on Dravid, I've no reason to get started on Sachin. BTW, Dravid played awesome cricket in 2009 and in 2010 his only disappointment was against SA. Get real!

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I have really high regards for Gambhir after he is only batsman who has won us 2 worldcups (T20 final against Pak and April 2010) ... @Ravi Darira : Your comments about RD is pretty nascent and uncalled. With is so called so slow batting india lost only one match before england series. He was the only saving grace. IF at other team members would have contributed little bit we could drawn 1st and 4th test and won second test .. get your facts right

  • arup_g on December 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Gambhir's success will be a pivotal part of India's success in Australia. He has the ability the not only block out one end, but counter attack when needed - he is the ideal partner for Sehwag, and if Sehwag gets out, he can dominate while Dravid and Sachin play around him.

    He is the fighting cricketer that India need in their batting line up, especially once the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman retire. I believe he is probably the most underestimated cricketer in the Indian batting order. No one seems to remember his 90 odd in the World Cup Final which took India to victory, but everyone remembers Dhoni's innings instead. He is a valued asset to the Indian line up, and may his form continue for many many years!

  • on December 13, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Gambhir and Veru have better understanding in opening a match , hope so continue their form in Australian tour as well. Ghambhir came up with right points like cricket is not playing for surviving wickets or scoring century for myself, it all about scoring runs as much as you can before getting out. Good luck for austrialn tour Ghambir and expecting to see incredible play between India vs Aus

  • on December 13, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    welll gambhir is absouletly right scoring runs good knocks is more imp i will want a player to score 97 in a wc final rather than getting a 200 in a less imp bilateral odi taking no credit away from bith sachin and viru awesome innigs but i fell gambhir knock in wc final just dint credit away what it deserved and i have a strong felling oz is going to be his series just mark my words he is goona win us the series not that others are not do well i am sure viru dravid sachin vvs virat rohit laxman dhoni are goona do well too but he is gonna be standout player

  • on December 13, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Still remember meeting him during the CB series in 2008! Great guy... Wish him all the best this summer and hope to meet up with him once again!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Very balanced views from Gambhir though I would have liked to hear him admit that he isn't playing as well as he would have loved to.

  • MathewsAdelaide on December 13, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    hi WeeBee Have you ever seen Sehwag under pressure while he bats,He is the one who scored centuries all the test playing countries,Gambir also never come across the pressure, otherwise why should they be under pressure??, Are the gon to face LILLIE,THOMSON,McDERMOTT or McGRATH?????? Australian current bowlers are just inexperienced and they are not a threat at all..for this batting line up,

  • on December 13, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    I can't believe people starting to critize gambhir for not scoring a hundred, hundreds are just overrated - he has played some really important knocks for us that have actually won us games - any one remembers what happened on April 2????? What about Rahul Dravid who barely scored anything from 2007 to 2010, and no one ever spoke about dropping him? and even when he scores, he is so slow that it does not make a difference (3 centuries in 4 tests in England and we lost 4-0)

  • Alexk400 on December 13, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Greatest secret with sehwag-gambhir partnership is running for singles. That makes that engine go. Sehwag is the key india win or lose in australia. if sehwag even score fast 30 that will make sachin score century. I hope he never score century because he will never retire unless he gets injured. He is kinda passenger with too much weight messing up team chemistry. India lost england mainly because of sachin 100/100 hoopla. That will continue unless , Sehwag say enough is enough and go crazy from the first ball he faces. Without sehwag india always play for draw unless opposition makes a blunder like in 2001 or it is dust bowl. India had X factor player in kapil dev before now sehwag. Sachin was never X factor player who elevate and inspire team mates. With sachin it is all about him him him... Cricket may unite india but we should not over hype the selfish players. if australia had sehwag , Oh my ,,they would destroy every team to dust.

  • roversgate on December 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    GG batted well in SA, showing a tough stance against a Marauding Morkel and an in-form Dale Steyn. He failed to convert to centuries largely because luck wasn't on his side there. In England too, he got starts and looked quite comfortable only to lose his wicket to utter stupidity. He is ready to take on Aussies who presently have a weaker/more inexperienced pace attack than Eng or SA. Only thing preventing big scores is concentration and his inability to stay focused through a completed innings as of late.

  • kany on December 13, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    True very well said Hinduite!! Scoring 100 is not that important if you keep scoring 70s every time u r the best in the world in terms of average . its important to face the next ball then thinking abt 100.... Gauti..u r the proud of india and u have sustained this team to reach thi slevel with veeru with the opening pair u make no worries for last 6 odd years since u guys r here opening together

  • WeeBee on December 13, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Openers will have quite a harsh time during IND-OZ series. In my idea, both SEHWAG and GAUTI will face tremendous amount of pressure and will lose anyway.

  • on December 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Nicely put by Gambhir....Score runs thats the key in Test without losing your wicket. As a opener i think he has mentally prepared for Test. Only thing i am worried is the bouncers from the Aussie pacers. That too one or 2 new comers are bowling these really well. Once Gambhir catch that point of sale, i am sure he will rock. As some one mentioned here, its Gambhir Sheet Anchor role got India the World Cup 2011.

  • sri1ram on December 13, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Spot on, Peter Sherman. Sehwag is his own man, Ten is just the best among very good, consistent accumulators like Lara, Kallis, Ponting, Dravid, Jayawardhane - enough of elevating him and wasting taxpayer money on him. If SRT makes one savor a shot (is that really unique? Dravid, Laxman, Kallis give me more of the same!) Sehwag makes you rapture by his sheer audacity even in pitches lesser batsmen perish in - so no doubting that his uniqueness. -by a dedicated Sehwagologist.

  • chilled_avenger on December 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    For the last 2 years many factors have helped Gambhir's bad Test form to go unnoticed which include Gambhir's own decent ODI form,presence of Sehwag as opening partner & unimpressive show of substitutes like Vijay,Mukund etc. but I think he should himself consider this Series as his final chance to prove his worth to the team! I believe its more a psychological barrier than any technical flaw which is affecting his batting since he batted quite well in South Africa series. But whatever be the reason,he should start looking for runs otherwise his place in the team would be in more questionable position than it is now!

  • CricketMaan on December 13, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    GG and Viru, if they get past the first 1 hour, one of them can go on and get 100, and to me its most likely Viru..though GG has done it in the past. With James Pattinson and probably Peter Sidde/Dougi Bollinger its never easy to get past that 1st hour. Good Luck. I will be watching from the 1st ball on Boxing Day.

  • SibaMohanty on December 13, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Very intense and very competitive. GG is a huge asset at the top of the order. Let's hope he continues to score freely which will mean India gets good starts Down Under. All the best, Gauti and Viru.

  • Scorp on December 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Gambhir is one character and player you can not afford to keep out of the game.. especially on tours like these.. usually over-shadowed a bit by the more glamorous opening partner.. he has etched himself a pivotal spot.. something tells me Gambhir, Rohit and Dhoni are gonna make it big this time Down Under..

  • on December 13, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Every Aussie cricketer will be focussed on getting Sehwag, Rahul, Laxman and Sachin out...........beware for every one of these there are Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit and Dhoni waiting to score!!!!

  • indianpunter on December 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    what worries me about this interview is the utter lack of insight Gambhir displays. For god's sake ! He has had an extremely poor 2 years, where his average has nose dived and he has gone 18 tests without a hundred. In most other top teams, you would be expected to get the axe. For him to come out and say that he is batting decently is worrying. I am glad they have included Rahane as the 3rd opener as this will put him under pressure. Added to this is Gambhir's complacency, after his 2.4 million dollar IPL deal. He is now a lethargic fielder and a poor runner btw wickets. He chickened out in England citing "brain fade". All in all, does not augur well.

  • on December 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    International centuries cannot define a good player. People tend to forget that Gambhir's innings during the World Cup final won India the Cup. Indeed do forget the hundreds, score for your team, not for yourself.

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    SHOW THAT INDIA RULES..................

  • muski on December 13, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    All the dismissals of Gambhir and Sehwag during this Windies tour have been becoz of the lack of application from these 2 guys. Maybe a stronger opposition will help them to apply their minds. Gambhir should overcome his temptation to fish at wide bowls about the off stump. These 2 blokes will be a major key to India's success down under. If they fire up the order, the mighty wall, the God and the special man are there to take care of the rest. Then irrespective of the inexperienced bowling, we can ensure that we dont lose

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Garbage from Gollipadi. Sehwag never took any inspiration from Tendulkar's innings

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Sehwag does not need to look for inspiration from Tendulkar or his approach. Sehwag has always been his own man and his success comes from that. He should not get bogged down with irrelevancies like Ten's double hundred.

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I just hope that the Indian openers learn from their mistakes in Emngland and give the Aussies a nice fight in their own background. Looking forward to a very competitive series ahead between two competitive teams who always have the "never say die" spirit. All the best team India.

  • Rahul_78 on December 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Gambhir is a kick a$$ cricketer. He has a feisty nature and always up for challenge. That is exactly what he will get in OZ. He did look fidgety against Windies in tests and ODI's but I guess OZ conditions, crowd and attack will bring out best of him. You always need characters a la Ganguly in OZ to do well. GG certainly suits the bill in the absence of Ganguly and Harbhajan.

  • SanjivSanjiv on December 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Gambhir is pivotal to thaw the Aussie's attack. The outcome of the Ind-Aus series depends upon him and Viru, though everyone has a role to play. Sanjiv, Perth, Australia

  • on December 13, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Hope he doesn't feed his opponents that "I will score square of the wicket initially" and become another "Hughes" problem for India! Does it have to do with his backlift? Anyone technical enough to explain it please?

  • naga25french on December 13, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    its high time that indian opener fires !

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  • naga25french on December 13, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    its high time that indian opener fires !

  • on December 13, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Hope he doesn't feed his opponents that "I will score square of the wicket initially" and become another "Hughes" problem for India! Does it have to do with his backlift? Anyone technical enough to explain it please?

  • SanjivSanjiv on December 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Gambhir is pivotal to thaw the Aussie's attack. The outcome of the Ind-Aus series depends upon him and Viru, though everyone has a role to play. Sanjiv, Perth, Australia

  • Rahul_78 on December 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Gambhir is a kick a$$ cricketer. He has a feisty nature and always up for challenge. That is exactly what he will get in OZ. He did look fidgety against Windies in tests and ODI's but I guess OZ conditions, crowd and attack will bring out best of him. You always need characters a la Ganguly in OZ to do well. GG certainly suits the bill in the absence of Ganguly and Harbhajan.

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I just hope that the Indian openers learn from their mistakes in Emngland and give the Aussies a nice fight in their own background. Looking forward to a very competitive series ahead between two competitive teams who always have the "never say die" spirit. All the best team India.

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Sehwag does not need to look for inspiration from Tendulkar or his approach. Sehwag has always been his own man and his success comes from that. He should not get bogged down with irrelevancies like Ten's double hundred.

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Garbage from Gollipadi. Sehwag never took any inspiration from Tendulkar's innings

  • muski on December 13, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    All the dismissals of Gambhir and Sehwag during this Windies tour have been becoz of the lack of application from these 2 guys. Maybe a stronger opposition will help them to apply their minds. Gambhir should overcome his temptation to fish at wide bowls about the off stump. These 2 blokes will be a major key to India's success down under. If they fire up the order, the mighty wall, the God and the special man are there to take care of the rest. Then irrespective of the inexperienced bowling, we can ensure that we dont lose

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    SHOW THAT INDIA RULES..................

  • on December 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    International centuries cannot define a good player. People tend to forget that Gambhir's innings during the World Cup final won India the Cup. Indeed do forget the hundreds, score for your team, not for yourself.