Gambhir hopes to continue with his form

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Gautam Gambhir is confident that he would carry forward his good one-day form to the Indian Premier League (IPL), kicking off next month.

Updated: March 15, 2008 12:42 IST
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New Delhi:

Gautam Gambhir, the highest run getter during the Australia tri-series, is confident that he would carry forward his good one-day form to the Indian Premier League (IPL), kicking off next month.

"I hope my good form in the tri-series continues in the IPL. I am doing well in one-dayers so I think I should be doing well in the Twenty20 version also," Gambhir, who scored 440 runs from 10 matches in the Australia tri-series, said.

"IPL is a good idea, it is exciting and am looking forward to playing in the tournament. It is the people's game. I think cricket fans will enjoy a lot in the IPL," Gambhir said on the sidelines of announcement of official sponsors of Delhi Dare Devils on Saturday.

Gambhir, who has been in and out of the ODI team, said the Australia tour was the defining moment of his career and notching up most runs was a big achievement.

"Playing against Australia is a big challenge. They are world champions and we were playing at their home, becoming highest run getter there is a big achievement," he said.

"In Australia everything clicked. Our batting, bowling and fielding clicked, so we won the series," Gambhir said.

Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary, meanwhile, said he was disappointed not to play for Kolkata team under his mentor Sourav Ganguly.

"I was making up my mind all along that I would play for Kolkata under Ganguly but it will not happen now. I am a bit disappointed. But as a professional I have to play with any team. I believe I will adapt well here," Tiwary said.

"I am excited to play the IPL. It will be a big learning experience for me. Playing along with some of the big Indian and international stars will be a great platform to learn."

He also feels that Virender Sehwag had it in him to lead the side well.

"Sehwag is a thinking cricketer. He has experience of some years of international cricket. I think he will be a good captain."

The 22-year-old also rued that he could not do well in his debut match against Australia in the tri-series.

"I am disappointed I failed in my debut match, but I think I have to take it positively. I have to do better in the domestic matches," he said.

"I will not forget the moment when Sachin told me to forget my first international innings of my career and think ahead after I scored only two. He also taught me a lot during the series. I will try to apply those in the matches to come," Tiwary said.

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