England tour of India - Cricket: Pressure will be on England says Wright

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2002, 23:30 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Indian cricket team coach John Wright on Saturday said pressure would be on England and not on India when the two teams clash in the sixth and final One-day International at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.Speaking to reporters here along with skipper Saurav Ganguly before his team's net practice, Wright said, pressure will be definitely on England because if we win here we take the series 4-2 and even if England win on Sunday it has to be content with levelling the series three-all.The boys are quite on the high even though we lost the previous tie at Delhi. They know they have a task cut out for Sunday and I have confidence in them, he added.When asked about the team's middle order collapse in the Delhi tie, where the Indians lost four wickets for 20 odd runs, Wright said, in One-day cricket it is easier for one, two and three batsmen in the middle but it is always difficult for number five and six batsmen to keep their wickets and at the same time to go after the bowling.The Indians either win by a huge margin or lose narrowly like they did in Cuttack and Delhi where it was not easy for two new batters to rotate the strike after we lost quick wickets, the former New Zealand skipper said. Ganguly said the team management has decided to send Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to open the batting and off spinner Harbhajan Singh should be back in place of Sharandeep Singh. The playing eleven will be picked only on Sunday after consulting the selectors, he added.Speaking about the wicket here, Ganguly, said, It is a good track and we will go all out to win. Speaking about his own form with the bat, Ganguly said, I am middling the ball well in this series and I am averaging around 40. Even in the last match I got 70 odd runs and I am sure I can do better here.We let slip two opportunities at Cuttack and Delhi and I am sure everybody in the side knows the importance of Sundays game, he added.When asked whether he was concerned with tight security arrangements, after terrorists threat to kidnap him and Sachin Tendulkar for ransom, Ganguly, said not at all.PTI

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