England batsman Eoin Morgan on Friday said “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 said on Friday.
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