T20 World Cup 2024: Sourav Ganguly gives a key advice to Team India on managing pressure

Jun 1, 2024

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The T20 World Cup 2024 is set to captivate cricket enthusiasts worldwide as it kicks off in June. Co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States, the tournament promises high-intensity matches, thrilling performances, and unforgettable moments. As teams gear up for the grand competition, cricket fans are eager to see which nations will rise to the occasion and claim the coveted title. Among the favorites, Team India are looking to make a significant impact in this highly anticipated event.

Easing off the pressure

As the Indian team prepares for the T20 World Cup, former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has shared some insightful advice for head coach Rahul Dravid. Known for his sharp cricketing acumen and calm demeanor, Dravid has been a guiding force for the Indian squad. However, Ganguly’s comments highlight the importance of managing pressure, especially in high-stakes matches.

The burden of expectation

Ganguly’s advice stems from his observation of the intense pressure faced by players and their families. He pointed out that the stress is not just limited to the players but extends to their loved ones in the stands. Recognizing Dravid’s immense cricketing knowledge and experience, Ganguly suggested that relaxation and freedom are key to unlocking the team’s full potential during critical matches.

“If I can say something to Rahul [Dravid] and, make no mistake, he is a champion cricketer and cricket brain, it will be to relax a little. When I see Rohit’s wife in the stands, it is evident how much pressure she is under. When I see Virat’s wife, I see the kind of pressure she is feeling,” Ganguly remarked.

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Learning from past experiences

Drawing from his own experiences, Ganguly reflected on the 2003 World Cup final, where India faced enormous pressure and expectations. He emphasized the lesson that overburdening oneself with pressure can be counterproductive. Instead, maintaining composure and a relaxed mindset is crucial for optimal performance.

” We in India make this mistake of pushing too much. I think back to the 2003 [World Cup] final, for example. If anything, we need to relax when we are playing the big games,” added Ganguly.

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