Friday, June 26, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar wants India fans to be ‘mature’ after World Twenty20 failure

India’s cricket fans are putting more pressure on the team with their emotional reaction to defeat and need to get behind the players during tough times, according to the batsman Sachin Tendulkar

As the winners of the first World Twenty20 two years ago, India were one of the favourites for the current tournament but a three-run loss to England, their second Super Eights defeat, left them with no chance of reaching the semi-finals.

India’s captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bore the brunt of fans’ anger and security at his home in the eastern city of Ranchi had to be beefed up after scores of fans burnt his effigy, shouted slogans and accused him of underestimating England. India lost all three of their Super Eights games.

“I feel there is very high emotion among the people when they react. But do these reactions help us to play better? Not really,” Indian media quoted Tendulkar as saying.

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