Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has admitted that he is nervous and excited ahead of the Kolkata test as he has been called back to Team India test team after two years.
The 34-year old was called in as a replacement for injured KL Rahul as he has amassed huge runs in Duleep trophy earlier this month with four consecutive half centuries.
“It’s a feeling of being nervous, it’s a feeling of being excited as well,” Gambhir told BCCI.TV. “Obviously whenever you get to represent your country, especially in Test cricket, the most important format of the game, it is very exciting. Very few people get to play with the blue cap on and for me to get that chance one more time is an unbelievable feeling.
“Whether you play a hundred Test matches or you have played one Test match when you approach a Test match you are nervous. The important thing here is how much you can control your emotions. As an opening batsman, I have always felt at the start of day 1 if you go in first, you will always have nerves but they will eventually settle down the more time you spend time in the middle. It is not that someone being experienced won’t be nervous, everyone feels that and it is good.”
The southpaw has also made few adjustments to his playing style as he believes he should have more concentration mentally since he has been away from international cricket for long time.
“I have made a few technical changes over the past two years but mostly it was more mental. It was more about trying to get all your doubts out of the system which is very important. For someone who has been playing international cricket for a very long time, you have certain kind of targets set for yourself, and then when you are not doing really the way you should be doing; doubts start creeping in,” he said.
“When you go away from the game and are not part of the international side, you need to negate all those doubts and come back having more belief in your game.”
The 23-year old has also admitted that he is happy if Virat Kohli decides to choose Shikhar Dhawan ahead of him as he is happy to stick with the dressing room and support the team at Eden gardens as they are looking to win the series by clinching the test match.
“Honestly, I was not thinking of a comeback even when I was getting runs in the Duleep Trophy. My reasons of playing cricket are very different. I have always believed that whichever team I represent; be it the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL or Delhi in the Ranji Trophy or playing for a side in the Duleep trophy, I as an individual have a job and responsibility to go and contribute for the team’s success,” he said.
“I just want to be a part of a winning dressing room and that is where the happiness is and that is what a happy dressing room is all about. Whenever you play a game of cricket, you want to get back to a happy dressing room. Even after Duleep Trophy the feeling was that we won the competition and not thinking or (was) too much worried about selection,” he added.