Colombo: Gautam Gambhir wasn't the Man of the Match for his 11th One-Day International century that set up India's five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday. That honour went to Suresh Raina, whose unbeaten 65 completed the task, but Gambhir didn't seem to care one bit that the award hadn't gone his way.
"I have never believed in hundreds and awards," said Gambhir. "To me, it's more important to contribute to the team in a winning cause. In India, there is a lot of emphasis on hundreds and five-wicket hauls, but there is no point of an individual milestone if the team ends up on the losing side.
"Suresh's position is such that whether we are batting first or batting second, he has to come and start to look to accelerate the scoring. That's the nature of his position and that's why he is picked in the side. He was brilliant today but everyone has a different job to do in the side, whether it is opening the batting or finishing off a chase. Whatever your role is, you need to do it to the best of your abilities because that’s what the team needs of you."