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I am under no pressure, says Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh said that there was no undue stress on him to perform even though he was competing for a place in the Test team with Sourav Ganguly.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 19:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Yuvraj Singh, who cracked a pleasing 59 against Pakistan A in the Indians' three-day warm-up cricket tie on Sunday, said he did not feel any pressure to do well even though he was competing for a place in the Test team with Sourav Ganguly.

"I am under no pressure. I like to play my natural game and played my shots," the left-handed batsman, who was one of the six to make a half-century for the visitors in the tall Indian first innings score of 414 for seven declared, said after the day's play.

Yuvraj benefitted from Ganguly's omission from the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad last month and cracked a superb 75 in difficult conditions in the second innings when India were setting a target for the islanders to chase.

The Punjab batsman said that the fact that all the top order batsmen made fifties in the only warm-up game before the Test series was a good sign for tougher battles ahead with the series against Pakistan starting here on January 13.

He also said that the pitch prepared for the tie at the picturesque Bagh-E-Jinnah ground was a very good one for batting but a heartbreaker for bowlers.

Pakistan A opener Imran Farhat, who made a blazing 107 in his team's strong reply, later said he utilised the injury-induced break during the last Asia Cup in Sri Lanka to iron out certain flaws in his batting which helped him get back among the runs.

Farhat made a century in the second Test of the last tour by India at the Gaddafi Stadium, where the series kicks off this time.

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 19:58 IST