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Team willing to back Rohit Sharma: Gauti

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COLOMBO: Gautam Gambhir feels Team India’s batting collapse in the second match against Sri Lanka at Hambantota was a wake-up call at the start of a long, busy season.”In the first match we scored well over 300 runs, but were brought down to earth in the next game,” he said.”We started the series with a bang after a rest of almost two months following the IPL, which was a good sign that the team was not rusty. But the batting collapse in the second game will ensure that we will not be complacent and be alert to the requirements of international pressure.”Gambhir refuted suggestions the team was inconsistent. “One bad match and you can’t say that the team has been inconsistent. Nor can you write off the players only because they fail to come off in one game.”Asked about the regular failure of batsman like Rohit Sharma, he said that there is no doubt that the team management had great confidence in Rohit’s ability.”We are also looking at the players who will be part of the team in the World T20 to be held here. Changing and chopping often is not the solution. Talented players need to be given a long rope and that is the team management’s policy,” Gambhir said.On playing Sri Lanka so often and keeping up the interest and motivation level high, he said, “As professionals, it is our duty to give off our best. Representing the country itself is the greatest motivation. When we don the India cap, we try to give our best and do not see how many times we are playing against Sri Lanka or Pakistan.”

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