Gautam Gambhir narrowly missed hitting two centuries in the second and final Test against England, but after a year in which he scored over 1,000 runs, he has much to be pleased about.
Gambhir Says Hunger For Runs Drives Him On
Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during the final day of the Test in Mohali.
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"If someone had told me I was going to get these many runs in a Test Match I would have taken it hands down," Gambhir said after the match was drawn in Mohali. "I am pretty happy with my performance and I hope it continues in the next year as well.
"I have a hunger for runs which is important because it hasn't always been easy so it is important when you are in good nick to make it count. Whatever innings you play for your country is very special, whatever runs you score for your country is very special," the left-handed opener added.
India's success in 2008 has coincided with the return to full form of left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, and he was named as the man of the series for his eight wickets.
"We are working well as a unit, especially the bowling department," he said. "It has been my
dream to get the man of the series here, I was hoping to get more wickets but nevertheless it is good to get an award like this.
"It has been good since I have made my comeback after injury," he said. "I am very happy with the way I am bowling. I must say that the dressing room atmosphere is amazing, we
are enjoying each other's company, we are enjoying each others successes.
"There are four batsman who have score 1,000 runs (this year) and we are working well as a bowling unit. Harbhajan Singh has taken 63 wickets in the whole year, so it has been a great year for Indian cricket and we are enjoying every bit of it."
At home, India inflicted a 2-0 Test series defeat over Australia last month, which came on the back of a 1-1 draw with South Africa although there were 2-1 losses away to both Australia and Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
England were thumped 5-0 in the One Day Internationals, Sri Lanka were beaten 3-2, and Australia 2-0 in the last ever CB series by the reigning Twenty20 World Cup champions in 2008.
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