'Stressbuster' Viru helps me score runs: Gambhir
Company of explosive batsman Virender Sehwag is like a 'stressbuster' since he helps his partners bat without pressure, opener Gautam Gambhir said today.Updated: Jul 09, 2011 21:25 IST
Company of explosive batsman Virender Sehwag is like a 'stressbuster' since he helps his partners bat without pressure, opener Gautam Gambhir said on Saturday.
The left-handed batsman, who was here to shoot for a TV quiz show hosted by former skipper Sourav Ganguly, also said that he is looking forward to the England tour.
"Batting with Viru (Virender Sehwag) is always a treat. He plays his natural game and takes the pressure off his partner, allowing him to play naturally.
"He is like a stressbuster. He has always helped me to score big runs," said the Delhi lad, who has 3234 runs in 38 Tests at a healthy average of 51.33.
The vice-captain, who missed the West Indies tour because of a back injury, said, "I am keeping myself ready for the tour. I am practising hard for the all important tour. Hopefully, I will be able to do well."
The 29-year-old revealed that the 2008 ODI series in Australia was a turning point in his cricketing career.
"Consecutive centuries in Brisbane and Sydney helped in boosting my confidence. Those centuries were very important for my career. Even I feel that any player should be given enough chance to make a comeback."
Gambhir missed a century by three runs in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka and he said, "I never thought of it but I became nervous once everybody started saying I was three runs short, something that cost me dear...."
However, Gambhir said he was happy to accomplish the job as India were reeling 31 for 2 when he came in at No 3.
"My job was to be there and play my natural game. So, I never had the time to think anything negative. I guess, that's what helped me score big run," he said.