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'Do not overreact to India's performance'

BCCI chief Sharad Pawar appeals to the fans to behave responsibly so that the players don't get pressurised.

cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2007 17:41 IST

BCCI President Sharad Pawar on Thursday struck a sobering note appealing to Indian cricket fans not to overreact to the team's performance.

"In the sporting arena there are sometimes wins and losses," Pawar said while addressing a function to inaugurate a cricket pavilion of the Kheda district Cricket Association.

"It is the responsibility of all cricket fans to behave in such a manner that the players on the field do not get pressurised," Pawar said.

"I saw that when the Indian team returned from the World Cup, the players where not in a position to take the field for the next three to four months," Pawar said, adding the widespread public reaction to India's losses had a negative impact on the players.

"When they lost to Bangladesh in the first match, all the senior players were worried about the safety of their families and their bussiness establishements back home in India," he said.

In such circumstances, the team failed to recover and continues to lose, he added.

"The adverse reaction to India's defeat is not just restricted to the general public but when we go to the Parliament, we are questioned about India's (poor) performance right at the doorstep," he said.

"Inside the Parliament, starting from the Speaker, most members raise queries about India's dismal performance," the BCCI President said, adding however, that they were only echoing public sentiments.

Ironically, these comments from Pawar came at a time when India had registerted a rare Test victory in England.