Want to be part of team that wins Test series in England, Australia: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam GambhirGautam Gambhir scored 578 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season with a top score of 153 at the Roshanara on a green top against Haryana just before the Test squad to South Africa was announced. PTI

Unfazed at being ignored for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, struggling opener Gautam Gambhir said he still has the hunger to perform and would fight his way back into the national team.

"It's a reality that I am not in the team to New Zealand.

I wish all the 16-17 guys best of luck for the tour. As I have maintained that I don't play for comebacks, I play the game because I still have that hunger to perform," Gambhir told PTI in an interview.

"I want to be part of the team that wins a Test series in England and Australia. This is what drives me on as in my 54 Tests, we only won a series in New Zealand and drew in South Africa," Gambhir said.

Determined he is to fight his way back but Gambhir doesn't want to take the "selfish" route by scoring heavily on flat tracks to stage his return.

"I have never played cricket for selfish reasons like scoring 800-900 runs on flat tracks to make a comeback. It's upto an individual and I am not one of those guys who would back out from competition.

"The Delhi team needed outright wins and I insisted on playing on green top at the Roshanara rather than on a flat track. Had I played on a flat track, I could have got close to 900 runs. I have never ever played cricket that way with such selfish motives," Gambhir said.

The 31-year-old scored 578 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season with a top score of 153 at the Roshanara on a green top against Haryana just before the Test squad to South Africa was announced.

Gambhir didn't wish to comment on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's take that he is the No 3 opener in the country now.

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