England tour of India - Cricket: England aware of Indias weakness in crunch situations

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: England captain Nasser Hussain said on Friday his team would try to cash in on India's inability to handle pressure in the upcoming six-match One-day series."We are aware of India's vulnerability in crunch situations and will be trying out new things to put the home team under pressure," said the England skipper after his team had arrived in Kolkata amid tight security."India is a formidable side at home and has a lot of quality players, but it have gone to the finals and lost quite a few times," he said, referring to the hosts' defeat in the nine finals since April 1999."Of course, there is no such thing as final in this series," he said. "But Indians have tended to collapse under pressure. One-day cricket is all about handling pressure and we have to work hard to create such pressure."Hussain said he was confident his young squad would put up a good show against the hosts. "We had a very good One-day series in Zimbabwe with a 5-0 result," he said. "We are looking forward to keep the good work going. We have to learn to adapt to these conditions and learn quickly."England did well in these conditions during the first leg of its tour in December 2001, losing the opening Test at Mohali and then drawing the remaining two at Ahmedabad and Bangalore before returning home for Christmas."After losing the first Test, we did reasonably well in the remaining two matches. We were quite unlucky in Bangalore. We have to put all that experience in One-dayers as well."Hussain was criticised for his defensive bowling tactics during the Test series, with former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar describing his team as boring."I have respect for Gavaskar who is a legendary player. I would not like to comment on it," he said. "I am proud of my players and hope they will play entertaining cricket in One-dayers." Hussain, however, had an admirer in Saurav Ganguly, who recently said the Englishman was a better captain than his Australian counterpart Steve Waugh."It is nice on the part of the opposition captain to say that," said Hussain. "In the two-and-a-half years of captaincy, I had my ups and downs. Sometimes people say I am a good captain. Sometimes they say I am not. "In cricket, things change very quickly. It is best to take everything in your stride and not get too serious." The tourists, who have arrived in India more than a week in advance to adjust to the conditions, will meet India in the first One-dayer in the eastern city of Kolkata on January 19.England was originally scheduled to play five matches, but later agreed on an additional One-dayer at the request of Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.England squad:Nasser Hussain (captain), Andrew Caddick, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Matthew Hoggard, Ben Hollioake, Nick Knight, Owais Shah, Jeremy Snape, Graham Thorpe, Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan.

Copyright AFP 2001


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