Gambhir, VRV look to cash in on chance

After being ignored for the ODIs in South Africa, Gautam Gambhir believes he has emerged a more mature person, write CS Luthra/Subash Rajta.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 01:12 IST

For GautamGambhir, the recall to the Indian team was only a matter of time. After his consistent performance for India A in Australia and for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy, Gambhir's name was doing the rounds for the South Africa tour.

After being ignored for the ODIs in South Africa, the 25-year-old opener believes he has emerged a more mature person.“It was frustrating. But I also learnt a lot," said Gambhir.

“Frustration doesn't lead you anywhere. “I love to play for my home team and was completely focussed on that. I want to do well for Delhi and help them win the Ranji Trophy,” he added.

Gambhir believes that his stint in Australia with India A in July, where he consistently ran up big scores, will help him do well in South Africa.

“I didn't get time to prepare on bouncy tracks," he said. “But my performances in Australia gave me the confidence that I'd be able to adjust to the tracks in South Africa."

Another player who has been given a chance to find his feet at the international stage is Punjab pacer Vikram Rajvir Singh. VRV loves to bowl fast and short and will find South African wickets more than conducive to his kind of bowling.

“The conditions there are loaded in favour of fast bowlers. So it will obviously be an advantage and I will look to perform to the best of my ability," said the 22-year-old.

The youngster feels he has come a long way since his last outing for India in the West Indies. “I didn't bowl particularly bad there, it's just that I couldn't get enough wickets," he said.

Asked what he would concentrate on in South Africa, he put line and length ahead of speed. “I will try to get into my rhythm as quickly as possible and pitch the ball in the right areas," he said.

First Published: Dec 01, 2006 01:08 IST