Hardik Pandya India

Sourav Ganguly advised coach Rahul Dravid to promote a relaxed atmosphere for the Indian team during the T20 World Cup to reduce pressure and improve performance.

As India gears up for the T20 World Cup 2024 beginning June 2nd, questions linger about Captain Rohit Sharma’s ability to lead the team to victory after previous near misses in major tournaments. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has offered some advice to head coach Rahul Dravid to help the team overcome this hurdle.

In a recent interview with Revsportz, Ganguly acknowledged Dravid’s cricketing intelligence but suggested a change in approach to managing pressure, particularly for families of players during ICC tournaments.

“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,” said Ganguly.

He expressed concern about the pressure faced by the families of star players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are often seen on camera during matches. “We make the mistake of pushing too much,” Ganguly said, citing his observations of the players’ wives in the stands.

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Ganguly believes a more relaxed approach, especially in crucial matches, would benefit the team. “I think back to the 2003 [World Cup] final, for example. If anything, we need to relax when we are playing the big games. Just play with freedom,” he concluded.

The Men in Blue’s recent defeat to Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup final highlighted the need to overcome mental hurdles in high-pressure situations. Rohit Sharma and his team will hope to achieve T20 World Cup glory with a more relaxed mindset, with the first match set for June 5th against Ireland.

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Last Updated on June 1, 2024