'Will stick to our cricket'

'Will stick to our cricket'

Dhoni concedes Sehwags absence is a blow

master at work: All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar as he approaches the Lord’s Test  needing one more hundred to complete a hundred international centuries. AFP

“It’s about where exactly you specialise,” he noted on Wednesday. “We’ll stick to the kind of cricket we know. When it comes to attacking cricket and Virender Sehwag is the opener for you, you don’t need to say anything because we all know what he is capable of. But we have different openers, (Abhinav) Mukund will be opening with Gautam Gambhir, so it’s very important to stick to the natural game that the individuals have.

“We’ll stick to our game, what we are good at and what our strengths are. It's not only about attacking cricket, at times a good defensive shot is as good as playing an offensive shot,” he explained.

Dhoni once again explained India’s rationale behind their objection to the Decision Review System, which will used in this series to adjudicate verdicts other than lbws.
“We're not really convinced 100 percent as of now when it comes to the (ball) tracking system, especially with the spinners and the kind of bounce the ball generates. So until we’re 100 percent satisfied, we won’t go on with something that’s not really satisfactory when it comes to our views. But of course we are quite happy with Hotspot. I feel that's a very good technology to be used,” he remarked.

While the series against England may potentially decide whether India continue to stay at the top of the Test rankings or make way for others, Dhoni played down the importance of the rubber. “Every series is as important, whether it’s Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or any other side, at home or respective countries. Every game of Test cricket is as important. England is a good side, like any other side. I would rank every series as tough, and a chance to improve ourselves as cricketers, and as a team,” he offered.

British Indians’ support, Dhoni admitted, will help a great deal. “Support does play a crucial part. We have a fair amount of support in England. It was quite visible in the T20 WC over here at The Oval against Pakistan. It will be crucial... when the going gets tough, that extra support from the crowd can get you going,” he opined.

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