My job is to score runs, don't play for selection: Gautam Gambhir

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New Delhi, Sep 18: He expressed disappointment after BCCI selection committee snubbed him for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, but the out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir has now said he doesn't play for selection.

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When asked about the recent snub, the aggressive left-handed batsman curtly said: "I don't play for selection honestly. Ultimately, my job is to score runs and that is what I focus on.

My job is to score runs, don't play for selection: Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir scored 320 runs at an average of 80 per innings in the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy to lead India Blue to the title with consummate ease.

But despite his exploits with the bat, the selectors once again ignored him when they picked up the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand.

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"You should just go out there and look to control things which you can control, rest is selectors job. Whatever the selectors decide it is their opinion. My job is to go out there and help my team in winning," the Delhi opener added.

Gambhir also feels that spinners will decide the fate of the upcoming three-match Test series starting in Kanpur on September 22.

Warning the home team against taking New Zealand lightly, Gambhir said both India and New Zealand have fielded good spinners in their squad and they are expected play key role in the series.

"New Zealand has always been a very gritty kind of a side. They have always been underdogs, no one rates them very highly but they have always done well in every conditions," Gambhir told.

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