Gambhir focused on IPL, not India recall

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Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir says he's not looking to use the IPL as a way to get back into the India team ahead of the World Cup next year, and is only looking to help Kolkata do well this season.

Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir says he's not looking to use the IPL as a way to get back into the India team ahead of the World Cup next year, and is only looking to help Kolkata do well this season.

Gambhir started the IPL campaign with three ducks in a row, the first time that's happened in the IPL, but since then he's scored three half tons as Kolkata climbed up the rankings into third place after a poor start.

While Gambhir has not played for India since January 2013, he is not trying to use this as a platform to regain his spot, with the ICC event in Australia and New Zealand less than a year away.

Gambhir told PTI: "I still stand by my thought that the IPL is not a platform for comebacks but it is a great tournament, which I thoroughly enjoy playing and I am doing my best for the team.

"Right now I am only focused on the immediate future and doing well for the team. If my performances are good enough I am sure people in charge will make the right decision.

"As a player you realise that criticism is always going to be there especially if the results are not going your way. I personally feel the best way to respond to it is by going out there and performing to the best of your ability.

"It is a good feeling to have a few runs under my belt now. I was always confident that once I got a good start I would be able to convert those into scores that would help the team and I am glad that I have been able to do that in last few games."

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