Ganguly advises in-form Yuvi to stay cool

March 29, 2011

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said in-form Yuvraj Singh will have to keep his cool when he comes out to bat in front of his home crowd in the high-voltage ICC World Cup 2011 semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday.

“He has been in outstanding form throughout the tournament. Semi-final is a big game and he needs to keep his cool. He will be playing in his home ground, so there will be pressure on him,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of an Election Commission campaign shooting in Eden Gardens.

But the most successful Indian skipper quickly added that a combined team effort is the need of the hour for the co-hosts to beat Pakistan in the high-profile match.

“It’s a high-voltage match and there’s bound to be extra pressure on the players. So a lot would depend on the team combination. All the players will have to put in their best efforts to clinch a victory,” Ganguly said.

“It doesn’t depend on individual efforts. As a team, they need to perform,” added Ganguly, who led Team India to the 2003 World Cup final.

He said there will be no added pressure on the players in the presence of Prime Ministers of both the countries.

“There had been such things in the past when Pervez Musharraf had visited India (to watch a one-day match in 2005).”

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