MS Dhoni is always under pressure, feels Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan (above) said Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be always under pressure as he has to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion people © Getty Images

By Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi: January 18, 2013

England batsman Eoin Morgan said that “pressure will always be there” on India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he has to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion people.

“I think he (Dhoni) is always going to be under pressure.

He is the captain of India. He has 1.2 billion people on his shoulders. He is a captain of a massive nation. The pressure is always going to be there. Being back in his home town might even give him some pride to play for,” Morgan told the mediapersons here today.

Morgan said the pressure affects when you’re not doing anything.

“I think the only way it affects you is when you are not actually doing something. Once you are out there and once you get into the flow, other things become easier.”

“It is certainly different to what we are used to back playing back in England. Playing over here (in India), you get used to the surroundings that revolve around cricket. Cricket in this country is huge, it is indescribably big.

“Everything that surrounds it is fanatical. Again, at this stage, I am quite used to it. Even the trip from the airport to the hotel seeing the streets lined like that just for a team turning up was amazing.”

Asked whether Dhoni’s injury would help their cause, Morgan said,”You can’t pray on anyone getting injured. If you get injured then so be it, these things happen, life goes on.”

The Englishmen might have struggled against slow bowlers in Kochi, but Morgan said they when they put pressure against India when they perform.

Citing example of the Mumbai Test, Morgan said, “That pitch had both turn and bounce on offer. I think we underperformed in the last game and we have learnt some lessons that we need to go back to. The bottomline is when we do perform, we test India and as you could see in the first game we came out as a better side.”

On the series that is tied 1-1, Morgan said:”Yeah, we can do. I am massive believer in the first game of the series can be the most important because it sets the tone for the rest of the series. The first blow a bit like a boxing match. Every game is as big as the other. To go 2-1 up would be huge.”

Morgan also backed his bowlers who leaked 108 runs in the last 10 overs in Kochi that proved to be difference between both the teams.

“They came under a lot of criticism for the last 10 ivers given the fact that they were immaculate in the first 40 and set us up perfectly. I think it was just a matter of not executing our plans.”

With England hosting the Champions Trophy in June, Morgan said they were making a steady progress.

“Our records suggest that. The only blip we have had since Alastair [Cook] took over was the last trip we had here and we learnt a lot of lessons from that.”

Morgan said he was keeping his fingers crossed on his future in the upcoming IPL as he would decide after their team selection for the squad against New Zealand.

“I was fully centrally contracted last year. So again things won’t change and it will be assessed about whether or not I am in the squad from New Zealand if I am going to play the start of the season. If I am on the fringes, obviously things will have to be thought about quite deeply and we will go from there.”

“Yeah, I would like to be involved because I have learnt a lot from the IPL. But again, more so I want to be involved in particular this summer. It is two Ashes series and it’s what everyone dreams of,” he said.