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."
Gambhir said this victory was extremely important from India's perspective. "I have always maintained that the third game of a five-match series, especially if it is level 1-1, is very crucial," said Gambhir. 'Now that we have gone 2-1 ahead, all the pressure will be on Sri Lanka. They have to win both the remaining games if they want to win the series, while one win will do for us. But that won't be our focus. If we can continue this momentum and wrap up the series in the next game itself, it will be brilliant."