July 8, 2001

India should learn to play better under pressure: Ganguly

Smarting under the 16-run loss to West Indies in the final of the triangular series in Harare on Saturday, skipper Saurav Ganguly said India would have to think about a strategy for playing better cricket under pressure.

"We have to think about playing better cricket under pressure. Somehow we have not been able to do well in important situations," Ganguly said.

"To lose the second Test after winning the first and then doing well in the one-day league matches but going down in the final...it is very discouraging," he said.

Referring to today's loss, Ganguly said, "it was a bit of a shame...we did pretty well towards the end to score 274 but we lost wickets early".

Man-of-the-series Sachin Tendulkar, who failed with the bat today, admitted he would have been happier had India lifted the trophy.

"We won the last four matches and it was important to carry on but the top order failed today...it is their responsibility to score runs. Dighe later batted well," Tendulkar said.

"But I do not want to take away the credit from West Indies who batted very well," he added.

Corey Collymore, who was awarded man-of-the-match for his 4/50, credited the victory to the game-plan which West Indies adhered to.

The Indian team leaves for home on Sunday for a short break before embarking on a tour of Sri Lanka later this month. The West Indies stay on here for a Test series against Zimbabwe.