Dhoni - We're ready for England
Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels India will have no problem switching focus from Test to one-day cricket in Rajkot on Friday.
Last Updated: 13/11/08 11:04am
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels India will have no problem switching focus from Test to one-day cricket in Rajkot on Friday.
Dhoni's men head straight into a seven-match one-day international series against England, less than a week after sealing a 2-0 Test win over Australia.
Only five of the team that played in the final Test against Australia are likely to be on duty in the series opener against England.
Dhoni says his players are used to the the hectic international schedule and will not find it difficult to cope with the change of format.
"It's tough, but as an international cricketer you have to do it," said Dhoni.
"It doesn't matter if there's no gap between series, you have to be able to switch from a Test series to a one-day series and back again.
"One of the good things about the India squad is that half this squad doesn't play in the Tests so they are still fresh - if it's the same side for both formats, it can be quite difficult switching from one to the other, particularly if there are only three overs in between."
Dhoni has played down the relevance of his own personal leadership contest with England captain Kevin Pietersen.
"If that's the case, we might as well play a game of chess together in mine or KP's room," he said.
"It's a team sport, India are playing against England and it's all about winning the series. It's not about out-smarting each other as skippers, it's about out-playing each other's side."
India are without paceman Ishant Sharma - man-of-the-series against Australia - in Rajkot due to an ankle injury, while batsman Sachin Tendulkar is being rested for the opening three games.
India (from): MS Dhoni (capt & wkt), V Sehwag, G Gambhir, S Raina, Yuvraj Singh, R Sharma, Y Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, M Patel, P Ojha, RP Singh, V Kohli, M Vijay