Aim to starve Sachin of runs: Graeme Swann

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 13:44 [IST]
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Aim to starve Sachin of runs: Swann

London, Jul 27: Graeme Swann has his tail up after England inflicted a crushing defeat over India in the first Test of the latter's tour. The English off-break is also certain of what strategy to employ against Sachin, believing that depriving him of runs is the way to go about bringing about his downfall.

"We stopped the Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, from making a big score at Lord's and our aim is to starve him of runs all series," Swann wrote in his column for The Sun.

Despite a packed Lord's stadium abuzz with anticipation over Sachin's impending century of centuries, he scored all of 34 and 12 at Lord's.

"It can't be easy for Sachin because he carries the expectation of the entire Indian nation on his shoulders every time he goes out to bat. And now it is even more intense because he is just one away from a century of centuries."

Swann lavished praise on his pace-bowling team-mates, attributing much of England's last victory to a fine display from the trio.

"Our quick bowlers were absolutely superb as we completed a memorable 196-run win over India," Swann wrote in his column for The Sun. "Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett were as good in the First Test as they were in Australia last winter.

Swann also pointed out that despite the pitch turning flatter through the Test, India's batsmen failed to capitalise.

"Much of the talk going into the match was about how taking 20 wickets on a flat pitch would be impossible - especially against India's line-up of batting superstars.

Swann also observed that his side had upped their game since the last series, which was against Sri Lanka.

"During the Test series against Sri Lanka, we didn't quite match up to the standards we demand of ourselves. I'm not sure if that was because we were ring-rusty or due to the wet and cold weather. But our bowling was back to its best against India."

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