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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gambhir: We Let the Country Down


After an upsetting series crush against Australia, opener Gautam Gambhir said that the team has let the nation down.


“We have let the entire country down, and I will be the first one to agree to it. There is a reaction happening back home and we are ready to admit it. We have given the opportunity to people to criticize us. We haven't played good cricket and not lived up to the potential, known for the batting unit we have," Gambhir said.

"We have let the ordinary man down who expects us to execute and I accept it. We need to rotate it around as rapidly as possible," he said.

Gambhir said India would need to win matches out of the country time after time to rise back to the number one spot. "I am not someone who would be uncertain to take the job. I will be the first one to accept it. If you want to be the number one, you have to execute well and start winning overseas, whether England, South Africa or Australia," he said.

The left-handed opener said the team will be happier to win the series than sit and watch personal milestones like Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth 100.

"What makes us happy is winning the series, not Sachin's 100th hundred. If Sachin gets his hundred and we don't win, it isn't enjoyable. It's all about winning the series rather than any individual performance."

Virender Sehwag will captain India in the Adelaide Test in the nonappearance of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been handed a one Test ban for slow over rate during the third Test at Perth. "He will be aggressive. But I have always believed a captain is as good as the team. There has been no great captain. It's not the captain who makes the difference.

“It's the eleven on the field who make a difference. It's not Dhoni, a person who takes the responsibility if the whole team hasn't performed. It would be the similar with Sehwag. It's the team that has to achieve, not just him.”

Gambhir also said openers alone couldn’t be blamed for India’s defeat in the Tests. “Openers do help if they consult the new ball. It helps the rest of the batting. But they can't be blamed alone. I've already said I accept to have failed. But it's the entire batting unit, which has to take the blame.”


Gambhir also opined that the Indian team was talented of reversing the trend. “There's a lot of cricket left in this series. If we do well in Adelaide and take the momentum forward, we could make the difference in T20s and one-dayers. Hopefully, we can carry the smiles back on the faces of the people," he said.

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