Gautam Gambhir slams critics – ‘I am not at all insecure’

25 Oct

Gautam Gambhir slams critics - 'I am not at all insecure'Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday October 24, 2012 hit back at critics who have raised doubts on the future of his opening combination with Virender Sehwag following their recent form slump, saying with an average of 53 they are still the best in the country.

“We still average 53 as an opening pair, which I think is one of the best when it comes to opening the batting in world cricket. There are not many opening pairs who have played for such a long time and have an average of 53 per innings. And if 53 is not good enough, I don’t know what is good enough,” Gambhir told PTI in an exclusive interview.

“As an opening pair, you average 50 per innings and if you are giving 50 runs start in every innings, you can’t do more and if people talk about not contributing, I will suggest them to look at the stats. Average of 53 is tremendous, its something a lot of opening pairs have not done in the past and are not doing today,” he added.

When asked if he is under pressure not having scored a Test ton in last two years, Gambhir replied “It’s not about scoring a hundred every time  it’s about contributing when you are opening the batting. It’s not only me, a lot of other people have also not scored tons.
People only discuss about scoring a hundred, I don’t know why. I got 93 in South Africa, 85-odd in Australia…15 or seven more and people would not be discussing my hundred”.

When asked if he was seeking his coach’s help to iron out any technical flaws ahead of the two tough series against England and Australia at home. ”Had it been a technical error, I would have not scored runs in one-day cricket. I think it is good 1100 runs in last 24 innings in one-day cricket. I was in the ICC ODI team. I know how people start relating your Test form to one-day form and T20 form. Three formats are completely different and ultimately when you are playing the three formats, it’s very difficult to have the same consistency”.

Gambhir insisted that he is not at all “insecure” about his place in the Test side with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay performing consistently in the domestic circuit. ”Never, I am not at all insecure about my place in the side. I don’t know where all these things are coming from. Ultimately, when you open the batting, you want to contribute and you want to give a good start to the team. Giving a good start is your first job.”

Some stats to look into:

- Gambhir, in last two years, has not scored any century and averaged just 30.31 as compared to his career average of 44.35 in the Test format.

- His last hundred came against Bangladesh in January, 2010.

- Gambhir and Virender Sehwag haven’t put on a century stand in Tests in nearly two years.

Sounds like Mr. Ghambir thinks he is irreplaceable and can afford to be lazy in all aspects of cricket.  Also with long stretch of home series on the way hopefully Gambhir will pile up more runs on dead wickets and able to brag more about his averages. Mr. Gambhir who will score abroad?in spite of your “phenomenal “average as openers(even that is mostly due to home series)India lost the number ONE spot in test rankings.So better let your bat do the talking. Look what happened to Indian teams in CLT20 in SA.