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Indians should learn to handle pressure: Wright
By Our Special Correspondent

KOLKATA, FEB. 9. Coach John Write feels the Indian players should learn to handle the pressure better during international matches. Speaking to the media here on Saturday at the Cricket Association of Bengal, where he had met the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, to review the recent Test and limited overs series against England, the New Zealander said inexperience in the middle-order was also one of the reasons.

``Dinesh Mongia, Hemang Badani and Mohammad Kaif have not played too many one-day games. They should learn to relieve the pressure by taking more singles and rotating the strike,'' he said. ``At times we tried a bit too hard and brought pressure on ourselves. Our players need to learn from the mistakes,'' he opined when asked complacency was one of the reasons for India not able to clinch the limited-overs series against England.

On the drawing of the one-day series, Mr. Wright said, he was very disappointed with the 3-3 result. ``Obviously we need learn a lot.'' he said. He said the priority area now would be to make the middle-order click. He also stressed in improving the ground fielding.

The Indian coach said the Board president was upset with the result. ``I gave him the team's as well as his own analysis of the problems,'' he said. He expressed optimism of India doing well in the upcoming Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe.

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