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'No undue pressure on youngsters'

India's loss in Jamshedpur did not put any undue pressure on the youngsters who replaced regular team members.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 09:16 IST

India's loss in the Jamshedpur one-dayer did not put any undue pressure on the youngsters who replaced the regular members of the team, a national selector on Thursday said.

"I feel it was a perfect blend of youth and experience in the team," Sanjay Jagdale, the Central Zone selector and also the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Secretary, said.

India, having clinched the series after winning the first four matches, decided to rest a few key members of the team.

It, however, lost the sixth match by five wickets.

The Indian team members — except Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Kaarthick and Venugopal Rao — confined themselves to the hotel rooms.

The young trio, who are likely to play in the seventh and final one-dayer against England on Saturday, took to nets and went through some vigorous practice in the evening at the Maharani Usharaje Cricket stadium.

Wicketkeeper Kaarthick, who landed at Indore from Bangalore after a surprise call from selectors who decided to rest Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had his catching and batting drills.

Uthappa and Rao did some batting and bowling practice with the Ranji players under the watchful eyes of national seletors Kiran More and Jagdale.

The trio were helped by biomechanist Ian Frazer in their practice session.

In the light of India's loss at Jamshedpur, the youngsters would do well to come up with performance of note and help the hosts sign off the series on a victorious note.