Gambhir claims he is ready to captain Test side

Gautam Gambhir has expressed a desire to lead the Indian Test side

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2012 3:58 am

Having led Kolkata Knight Riders to their maiden IPL triumph,Gautam Gambhir has expressed a desire to lead the Indian Test side.

Asked if he was ready for the job,Gambhir said,“Absolutely,it is the biggest honour. I am ready for it. Ready for the responsibility of the challenge because you want to take different challenges as well. That’s where your mental toughness and character will be tested.

“I have heard of talks (of being made India captain) but as I have said a captain is as good as the team. It’s a successful team that makes a successful captain and not that a successful captain makes a successful team,” he said. Gambhir has played 48 Tests and 134 ODIs in his eight-year old international career but said he still feels insecure about being dropped from the national side.

“I am a very insecure guy as far as my profession is concerned and my insecurity is far more than my security. Even now,to be honest. That’s how I played my cricket starting from my Under-14 days,everyone told me if I don’t score runs I will be dropped. Since I started playing cricket I have considered every game I played my last game. Even at this stage,if I don’t score runs in two or three games I start feeling that I am going to be dropped. That has gone so much inside my system that I have started living with it,” Gambhir told NDTV.

Gambhir also said he did not enjoy too much of cricket. “I don’t enjoy,to be honest,too much of cricket. For me cricket is something which is my priority. I want to get there and get the best result. Whenever I led a side I have always tried that my players feel secure. Till the time the team is enjoying I am happy with that,” he said.

‘Have matured’

Gambhir admitted that he had sometimes crossed the spirit of the game and has learnt from his mistakes. “I used to show a lot of emotion on a cricket field but I have mellowed with age. There were situations when I crossed the line. I remember that incident with Shane Watson (when he elbowed the Australian) and after that I apologised to everyone. I have matured and learnt from those mistakes. Life is all about learning from mistakes,” he said.

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