Youngsters not under pressure, says Rohit

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India's tri-series squad is packed with rookies but promising Rohit Sharma refuses that the absence of seniors is putting extra pressure on the youngsters.

Updated: February 11, 2008 08:05 IST
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India's tri-series squad is packed with rookies but promising middle order batsman Rohit Sharma refuses to accept that the absence of senior players is putting extra pressure on the youngsters.

Sharma admitted that a few youngsters in the side, including him, were in the squad at the expense of some well-known seniors such as Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, but they were taking it as a challenge to make themselves counted.

"I wouldn't say it's pressure. It's more of a challenge for us youngsters to do well," Sharma said.

The Mumbai batsman reminded that the young brigade had proven itself in the Twenty20 World Cup and said the players were trying their best to make their presence felt in the on-going series as well.

"We won the Twenty20 tournament without seniors and we would try to do well in this present series too," he said after the team's practice session on Friday morning.

Sharma, who made 29 and 0 in the first two games of the tri-series, said more opportunities should be given to youngsters to establish themselves in team.

"I would say yes the youngsters should get more chances in order to establish themselves in the side. After all, we are playing against two very good one-day sides," he argued.

Keen on cementing his position in the middle order, the 20-year-old cricketer conceded that he needed to build on his concentration as well as selection of strokeplay.

The right-hander acknowledged that veteran Sachin Tendulkar had been of immense help in preparing him to combat the craft of Muttiah Muralitharan who got him out cheaply in Brisbane, but he denied he had any problem against spin.

"I lasted only two deliveries in that match. It's not that I'm having problems against spin. But Tendulkar did speak to me about how to play spin. He has so much of experience and he generally is trying for us youngsters to come to terms with these conditions," he said.

"Conditions here are vastly different to what we face in India and his advice is very helpful. Since the day I first met him in CCI, I haven't found him difficult to approach for any help."

Sharma said it was the lapse of concentration which cost him his wicket against Australia in the opening game of the series last week.

"Gautam (Gambhir) had just been dismissed and it affected my concentration a little. Till we were batting, I had no problem.

But that little lapse in concentration cost me my wicket," he said.

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