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'We'll make India smile now'

cricket Updated: Feb 01, 2011 10:09 IST
Dinesh Chopra
Dinesh Chopra
Hindustan Times
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There is no dearth of motivation for the Indian team to win the World Cup at home, believes Gautam Gambhir. It's not just about personal goals and glory. For the Men in Blue, the biggest satisfaction will be putting a smile on the faces of their countrymen.

"You asked me the change a World Cup win can bring about: I think it can definitely change the mood of our nation," Gambhir told HT in an exclusive interview. Reflecting on the hardships faced by his less fortunate countrymen, Gambhir said: "I believe our countrymen are left with very few things to have faith in. The last year has been one of scams. Delhi is called the rape capital. Amidst all this if cricket can provide some respite, I think we'd have done our job."

Like everyone else, Gambhir is scarred by the 26/11 memories. "I took over as captain on 26/11 for the ODI series against New Zealand last November. I hope our 5-0 win in that series helped soothe the pain of 26/11 victims."

"Everyone makes money but not everyone can shape destinies. Albeit indirectly - we cricketers do that."

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