England tour of India - Cricket: Well put pressure on talented Indians: Hussain

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: England cricket captain Nasser Hussain on Friday lavishly praised the Indian team, saying bulk of its players were among the most talented in the world and asserted that the visitors would put pressure on the Indians to outplay them."India has eight, nine or 10 players who would be among the most talented in the world. You never know what you can be hit with. It could be a 281 from V V S Laxman or an astounding performance from anyone else," Hussain told reporters ahead of Saturdays day-night international at the Eden Gardens.Hussain made special mention of his Indian counterpart Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath.He said the key to keep talent down was pressure, and reminded the scribes the Indian team was suspect during crunch situations as demonstrated by their consecutive defeats in the finals of various tournaments."If we give them the opportunity to show their talent, we will struggle. The One-day game is all about pressure. If we put enough pressure on them, we will do well," he said. The seasoned right hand batsman, who captains Essex, said that his young team was looking forward to playing at the giant Eden Gardens before a capacity crowd. "They have just started their journey. They can learn a lot from their experience of playing a big game like tomorrow's at such a venue. Only those with strong character can come through tomorrow," Hussain said. Dwelling on the inexperience of his side, the 33-year old Chennai-born player said Tendulkar had played more matches than the entire English side put together but hoped that his team would be able to put up a good show "as they did in the recent Test series."


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