Former India captain Saurav Ganguly has a simple message for MS Dhoni and Co ahead of next month's ICC World Cup - embrace pressure, and do not get overwhelmed by it.
"Yes, there will be a lot of pressure - that is bound to happen. But you have to deal with it. There is no choice. The players should accept this fact and get on with it," said Ganguly, who led India to the final in the 2003 edition in South Africa.
"Since we are playing at home, everyone, right from housekeepers to the Prime Minister of the country, will expect our team to win," the former skipper said.Ganguly feels that the current bunch are poised for a strong performance, and can put to rest the disappointment of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean when India failed to advance past the group stage.
"I think the team lacked confidence in 2007. There were a lot of things weighing heavy on their minds. Players were coming in and going out of the squad and that created uncertainty," he said.
The man who was responsible for the fresh, aggressive attitude of the Indian team believes Dhoni is the right choice as leader for "he takes risks" and "backs his players".