Chennai: May 3, 2012
Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara called on the foreign recruits of his side to take more responsibility in handling the pressure so that young domestic Indian players could play freely and earn self-belief.
"Overseas players also need to understand their responsibilities and absorb the majority of the pressure.
That is why most of the imports are international players and capped huge number of matches," Sangakkara said as his side prepares to take on Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
"Overseas players have to share the responsibilities and the younger Indian players should be allowed to play freely and enjoy their game and find their places in the side and get that self belief in them," he said.
The Sri Lankan batsman said the team was missing gangly Indian paceman Ishant Sharma, who is injured.
"Obviously we are missing Ishant Sharma, who will be a fantastic partner for Styen or Rusty or whoever we field in the match," he said.
The skipper felt that his team could have been in a better position, had they not faltered on crucial junctures.
"On paper we may be not one of the teams on the stronger sides. We should have won our games against Mumbai Indians, Daredevils and may be Rajasthan Royals and may be seven games we should have won," he said. (PTI)