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'Stressbuster' Viru helps me score runs: Gambhir

Last updated on: July 10, 2011 01:28 IST

'Stressbuster' Viru helps me score runs: Gambhir

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Company of explosive batsman Virender Sehwag is like a 'stressbuster' since he helps his partners bat without pressure, India opener Gautam Gambhir said on Saturday.

The left-handed batsman, who was here to shoot for a TV quiz show hosted by former India 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.


Image: Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag

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'I'm getting myself ready for the tour'

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The Indian vice-captain, who missed the West Indies tour because of a back injury, said, "I am getting 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."


Image: Gautam Gambhir

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Natural game

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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.


Image: Gautam Gambhir

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