Sangakkara urges foreigners to be more responsible

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Published: Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:56 [IST]
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Foreigners play a key role: Sangakkara

Chennai, May 3: Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara urged his foreign troops to take more responsibility in pressure situations to allow young domestic Indian players play their won game freely and gain confidence.

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Deccan Chargers have won two games in nine games with only five points.

"Overseas players also need to understand their responsibilities and absorb the majority of the pressure. That is why most of the imports are international players and capped huge number of matches," Sangakkara said during the pre-match press conference on the eve of their tie against Chennai Super Kings.

"Overseas players have to share the responsibilities and the younger Indian players should be allowed to play freely and enjoy their game and find their places in the side and get that self belief in them," he said.

The former Sri Lanka captain said the Chargers are missing Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who is out injured.

"Obviously we are missing Ishant Sharma, who will be a fantastic partner for Styen or Rusty or whoever we field in the match," he said.

Chargers skipper Sangakkara said they may not boast big names but his team could have been in a better position this season, "On paper we may be not one of the teams on the stronger sides. We should have won our games against Mumbai Indians, Daredevils and may be Rajasthan Royals and may be seven games we should have won," he said.

Though they are back to winning ways, Sangakkara feels it will be a tough task to beat the reigning champions in their own backyard, "They have great combination in both batting and bowling. I got to be really realistic about it and according to that, if we do play well as we know we can and do our bowling according to the strategies and also move accordingly, we can win against any team in the tournament.

In a tight match situation, when pressure builds on players, Sangakkara believes whichever side holds its nerves will emerge victorious.

"Things change very quickly and if the opposition makes mistakes, we need to cash in on that to win the match. It might take one good over and you can turn the tide and back in the game. If you realize the balance of the game as to where the match hangs, the side that holds its nerves and does the right thing, wins the tie," he said.

Sangakkara was not sure if South African batsman JP Duminy will be included in tomorrow's tie after being injured in the previous game.

"May be, he will play tomorrow or he may not. We will have to wait and see as it is a touch and go," he said.


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