Monday, June 24, 2024

‘Result more important than Tendulkar’s ton’


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Mumbai: The entire country might be waiting for Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international ton when he resumes his innings on Friday but the Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that the team is fully focused on the end result.

“The team members are not thinking much about Sachin’s 100th hundred, but what the team requires at this moment. The West Indies have set a very big target and it is important to save the follow on and in that course if Sachin gets his 100th ton it’s good,” said Gambhir.

“The bigger goal is to think about the team and what we want to achieve out of this Test match, which is more important than Sachin’s 100th century,” he added.

Gambhir felt that the Indians, with spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin in their ranks, can press for a win if they can get 500-550 tomorrow.

“We are still 109 runs (actually 110) short of saving the follow on. We all know things change quickly in India. We still feel there is a chance of winning. We have two quality spinners and once it starts spinning, it would be very difficult for the opposition to handle the spin and bounce.

“If we can get 500 or 550 on this wicket, we can try and produce a result from this Test,” he insisted.

The Delhi lad, who seemed to have missed edging the ball when he went for an overhead pull off Ravi Rampaul but was given out, said the controversial Decision Review System might have saved him today but can hamper his progress on some other occasion.

“It’s the BCCI and captain’s (MS Dhoni) decision. There are times they go in your favour and there are times when they don’t go in your favour. It goes both ways,” said Gambhir.

“I always believe there are times everything evens out. I would have said today I missed DRS but there would be occasions in future when I would thank that there is no DRS. Important thing is everything evens out,” he further remarked.

Heaping praise on Rahul Dravid for crossing the 13,000-run mark in Tests, only second in the world to do so after Tendulkar, Gambhir said, “He’s a genius. He’s a legend and his records speak for himself and the way he has taken the pressure batting at No 3, which is the most important position. He has got runs everywhere. (PTI)


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