London: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could "Pose problems to the star-studded Indian batting line-up" during the four-match Test series, starting on Thursday.
"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.
Anderson, at 6'2", is the smallest among England's fast-bowlers with Broad (6'6") and 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 to situations rather than worry about results.
"In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the 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 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.
Talking about Sachin Tendulkar, who is chasing a record 100 international centuries, Dhoni had only words of record admiration for the senior batsman.
"Whenever he turns up on the field, he wants to improve. He may spend an hour and a half on the field but he makes sure he is learning something new. When he goes back to his room, he has the satisfaction that he has utilised today's time to the best."
"I think that keeps him going — keep it simple, don't complicate things. He is an ideal cricketer to look up to, both on and off the field. When he made his debut, he was a superstar and it hasn't changed in the last 22 years," the India skipper said.
Dhoni believed both the number one Test ranking and the tag of world champions in one-day cricket is important to him and his players.
"It shows you have been consistent over a period of time. You don't reach that level unless you have been consistent me."