Friday, February 11, 2011

Gambhir takes inspiration from India's ICC CWC 1983 victory .

On this week's ICC Cricket World Radio Show, India's Gautam Gambhir says he will be looking to India's ICC Cricket World Cup 1983 victory when it comes to inspiration and motivation ahead of this year's ICC Cricket World Cup which begins in just nine days time with the first match between India and Bangladesh in Mirpur.

"I definitely look to the 1983 World Cup win for inspiration as we want to get the World Cup back. We were pretty close to winning in 2003 and hopefully we can turn it around and win this time in India. There's a lot of pressure on us but hopefully if we can continue to perform as we have done over the last year-and-a-half in both Test and 50-over format, we can be in the right frame of mind to win the 50-over World Cup," says Gambhir.

The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want cricket content, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website at

Also on this week's show, Ireland's head coach and former West Indies international cricketer, Phil Simmons, who says his side is ready to cause another upset at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.

"You can expect Ireland to play as hard as they have done previously, the side will play as hard as we can in this tournament. We've had the opportunity to play a lot of matches since the last World Cup, against the likes of England and Australia and so we have picked up things and learnt from these things which are extremely positive coming into this World Cup," says Simmons.

Finally, Australia's Cameron White reflects on his ICC Cricket World Cup hero, "My World Cup hero is Shane Warne. In the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against South Africa, Australia got a reasonable score and South Africa came on to bat and Warne just took them apart. I think it was Herschelle Gibbs that just didn't see the ball turning in and Warne had South Africa four down with not many runs on the board."

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