London, May 12 (ANI): Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan is cool as a cucumber, and it has shown in his latest performance.
So much so, that he is being projected as England's most improved player of the year. Not bad for a lad who not too long ago was seen as a daft personality from Pontefract.
According to Bresnan, there is a novel way to dealing with pressure - not accepting that it exists at all.
As he contemplates a global semi-final here versus Pakistan in St Lucia tomorrow, he said: "Craig White, my old captain at Yorkshire, summed it up. We were going out to bowl at the start of the season and I said, 'Chalks, the ball's not coming out that well'.
"He replied, 'Mate, who cares? You can only bowl as well as you can, you might be in a box tomorrow'.
"That's what he said - and it takes the pressure off.
"My mentality is that I could be doing something totally different that I wouldn't enjoy as much as playing cricket.
"I am playing cricket, staying in St Lucia, in a magnificent hotel. Life is not exactly a hardship."
Bresnan, 25, is already pencilled in for next winter's Ashes as an all-rounder.
"I think I've always been good enough to perform at international level. One of these days you will see how good I am. You are seeing little glimpses now but I still have a lot more."
"If we keep playing the same brand of cricket, we should win this tournament," he concludes. (ANI)