Gambhir not upset over missing Awards cut

The India opener has the second higest run tally in 2008, but he says he's not thinking about the ICC awards.

updated: September 13, 2008 18:09 IST
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New Delhi:

Even after emerging as the second highest ODI run getter in 2008, left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir is not disappointed at not being nominated for the annual ICC Awards as he says the pride of representing the nation is ultimate to him.

"I don't think about creating record or winning awards. What I want is to put up my best effort on the ground and contribute to the national team," Gambhir told PTI-Bhasha.

During the year, the Delhi cricketer has made 944 runs from 23 one-dayers with an average of 47.20. The only cricketer ahead of him is India one-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has made 955 runs from 24 matches.

Gambhir expressed satisfaction about his performance and said he was concentrating on rectifying the problems to continue with this form.

"I am quite happy with my form. I have worked hard on my week points and it's nice to contribute to my team continuously."

The Delhi batsman said he wants to keep helping the team in the upcoming Test series against Australia at home.

"There is still sometime for the series against Australia so I want to first give my best in the Mohammad Nissar Cup and Irani Cup".

The performance in the Irani Cup between Ranji champions Delhi and Rest of India would be important for the selection in the team for the series against Australia. But Gambhir said he was not under pressure to perform.

"After playing the international cricket one is habituated to kinds of situations," he said.