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Yuvraj focussed on performing well in Pakistan
Thursday, February 19 2004 20:15 Hrs (IST)

Patiala:Stylish left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said there would be no psychological pressure of playing in Pakistan after a gap of several years and that he was focussed on performing well on his first visit to the neighbouring country.

"I do not think there is any psychological pressure. It is going to be exciting to play against Pakistan after a long gap and the whole team is looking forward to it," the middle order batsman said in Patiala.

"The players are excited and we hope to do well," Yuvraj, who was in Patiala in connection with a festival match played between Indian XI and Pakistani XI, said.

Yuvraj, who played a key knock in India's defeat of the arch-rivals at the World Cup last year, chose to play down the security concerns on some venues and said his focus was on performing well.

"For me, it (security issue) is no concern. The only thing is to go there and perform well," he said. Yuvraj, who had a successful One-day series on the Australian tour, said the pressure would be on Pakistan.

"A little pressure on us is only natural. But I feel that Pakistani team will be under more pressure, given the fact that they have to perform before their home crowd," Yuvraj said.

He said Pakistan had a balanced team with talented young bowlers and experienced batting line-up led by Inzamam-ul-Haq. "Overall, they have a good team composition," he said adding, "our team is in great form, too."

Asked how different the upcoming tour would be from the recent visit to Australia where India drew the Test series and impressed in the One-dayers before failing in the finals, Yuvraj said, "the wicket, the climate, everything is going to be different. We will know only when we go there."

The 23-year-old said playing Pakistan often would help reduce the hype and tension surrounding these matches. "More encounters could definitely bring down things to a normal level.

"Still, India-Pakistan matches are always exciting and I still consider the World Cup match against them a special one," he said.

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