Ace marksman Abhinav Bindra, who shot down India's first gold in the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Tuesday, said he was relieved that he gave the country the glory for the second time in two years after his Olympic triumph.
Bindra and Gangan Narang fired a Games record of 1193 points in men's 10m air rifle pairs event to give the country its first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.
"After the Olympics I got a lot of love and affection from the people of India and I specifically wanted to shoot at the Commonwealth Games for India, to do well for the country and to give all Indians a little gift. That's (the gold) my gift today. I have an opportunity to shoot tomorrow and I will try to do my best tomorrow as well," said Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist.
"It's special to win a gold medal and it's for the first time I am participating in such a big event in India. It's absolutely fantastic. I am delighted," he added.
Bindra praised his partner Narang for the victory and expressed happiness that they were able to comer over the pressure and emerge victorious.
"I think Gagan shot really well, I was not too bad either. And yeah, there was a lot of stress on us, all eyes were on us. It made it much, much tougher, it wasn't the simplest of things on earth. It was hard work," Bindra told CNN-IBN.