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Indian spinners will face more pressure in World Cup: Chawla

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Mumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Piyush Chawla, who earned a surprisecall into the World Cup squad, today said Indian spinnerswould be under immense pressure to perform at the mega eventsince they will play at home under favourable conditions.

"Playing for India in itself is a pressure and especiallyspinners have more pressure and expectations on them thistime. Hopefully, we will stand upto the expectation," he saidon the sidelines of a promotional event here.

"Spinners specially have to handle pressure. They havedone well for the team in the past and we are hoping to dowell in the future as well," added Chawla, who is the thirdspecialist spinner in the Indian squad after off-spinnersHarbhajan Singh and R Ashwin.

The Uttar Pradesh bowler, who has played two Tests and 22ODIs taking three and 28 wickets respectively, said he willrelish the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd forthe first time in ODIs.

"All the ODIs which I played before were in foreigncountries. This World Cup I have got an opportunity to play onIndian wickets," he added.

Meanwhile, India discard Robin Uthappa expressedconfidence of a great performance in the quadrennial event byIndia.

"We are playing in home and have done exceptionally wellin the sub-continent. The preparations for the World Cup arein full swing and all players are fit," he said.

Commenting on the ban on the three Pakistani players -Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer by the ICC afterbeing found guilty of spot-fixing, he said, "It''s a sorrystate of affairs but it doesn''t interfere in our part ofworld. We are doing well as a team and we are more united."PTI VKV ABC AT

Story first published: Monday, February 7, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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