England pacers' height not a big deal:Dhoni

Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 0:45 [IST]
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London, July 21: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could pose problems to the the star-studded Indian batting line-up during the four-match Test series, starting here tomorrow.

"Their fast bowling attack is pretty similar (as in 2007).

They had (Chris) Tremlett, (James) Anderson and (Ryan) Sidebottom who all are very tall. It''s not a big factor," said Dhoni about the bowling attack whose height is said to give the home team a major advantage.

Anderson, at 6''2", is the "smallest" among England''s fast-bowling unit that has Stuart Broad (6''6") and Chris Tremlett (6''7") among others.

India have long shed the tag of poor travellers thanks to their consistent record over the past few years, and Dhoni attributed this to the team's ability to enjoy the game and situations rather than worry about results.

"In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the o game and situation. Every conditions is different, every country is challenging. As long as you look to improve as a cricketer, learn to enjoy the game more and not take it as a pressure, it would be alright.

"The expectations with Indian cricket is pretty high - it''s not easy to satisfy 1.2 billion people. It''s better not to focus on result. You could play to your best and still be outplayed," Dhoni said on the eve of the first Test at the Lord''s.


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