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Fantastic chance to win series: Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir, who got a game after more than three weeks, was happy with his 67 in the first innings, reports Rohit Mahajan.

cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2007 04:01 IST

Gautam Gambhir, who got a game after more than three weeks, was happy with his 67 in the first innings. He said, opportunities are so few and far between, it is incumbent on the player to make them count.

“If you’re playing a game after 25 days, you’re likely to be a bit rusty,” Gambhir, who followed his 67 up with an unbeaten 53 in the second innings, said. “ I just wanted to spend some time in the middle.

“If you get runs in any game, it's good for your confidence,” the Delhi star said.

Gambhir was asked how difficult it was to remain focused on the game, to stay motivated if one was forced to watch the action from the sidelines. Smiling as if the question was superfluous and even inane, Gambhir said: “Playing for India is the biggest motivation possible. You don't have to do anything to motivate yourself!”

But, he said, it was not easy to remain in touch by just having a knock in the nets.

The Indian XI has remained unchanged over the two Tests here, and victory at Trent Bridge has practically ensured that there will be no change for the final Test at the Oval. That means Gambhir's wait for another Test cap must continue, but he was not complaining — he said India had a great chance of winning the last Test.

“The way the team is playing, we have got a fantastic chance of winning the final Test and the series,” Gambhir said.

Boon keen on coaching India

London: Leicestershire’s senior coach Tim Boon, who played a behind-the-scene role in England’s Ashes win, has said he was not averse to coaching Indian cricket team.

“I’m in the middle of a contract here in Leicestershire but any county coach will aspire to be an international coach. I look at England, Australia and India as the top three jobs in the world. We all harbour thoughts to lead countries,” he said.

Boon said a well-equipped coaching staff makes a big difference in modern sport.

“People tend to forget the role played by the back-room staff in that Ashes win. Little observations matter.”

Flintoff for India ODIs, T20

London: Allrounder Andrew Flintoff is expected to be selected for two England cricket squads on Monday after recovering from injury.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors for England, said Flintoff would likely be named in the squads for the seven-match ODI series against India starting August 21 and the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa starting Sept. 11. “As far as we’re concerned Freddie is fit and eligible for both squads,” Graveney said.

With inputs from agencies