India vs Pak: Nervousness helps you perform better: Ganguly

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first_imgAhead of the epic clash between India and Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final at Mohali, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly hopes India soak up the pressure to trump the opposition, saying a little bit of nervousness is necessary. Ganguly, who called India a power-packed and organised side, feels it is the pressure of the big game that gets the best out of players in the middle. “You cannot go into such a big game empty-minded. A little bit of nervousness helps you perform better,” Ganguly told Headlines Today. The former captain, whose side had beaten Wasim Akram-led Pakistan in 2003 WC in South Africa by six wickets, said while Pakistan must score 270 plus to beat India on Wednesday, ‘it will be difficult for (Shahid Afridi’s) bowlers to stop the Indian batting line-up. Even though Ganguly, who led India to the 2003 WC final, admitted ‘Pakistan has played superbly’ in the WC so far, he added ‘India has also played very well’, minor ‘hiccups’ (a tie against England and a loss against South Africa) notwithstanding.  Terming the high-voltage clash on Wednesday as the ‘biggest’ between the two sides, Ganguly said M.S. Dhoni’s men are used to handle the pressure that accompanies an India-Pakistan clash. ‘There has been a history’ of big personalities’ presence at India-Pakistan clashes, which make the contests all the more tense, but ultimately, it’s the players in the middle who are going to play for India, Ganguly said, adding the players need to be prepared for that (pressure). He was responding to a question as to whether the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani will add to the players’ pressure at the game’s biggest stage. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja, who also said that India has got the fabulous line-up, maintained that Pakistan’s bowling is what India should worry about. Saying that bowling is India’s weak link, Raja cautioned Pakistan against Zaheer Khan, who is getting better with each game. In four WC games so far, Pakistan have never beaten India.advertisementlast_img

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