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. Thats 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. Its 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. Thats how I played my cricket starting from my Under-14 days,everyone told me if I dont 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 dont 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 dont 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.
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.