Dhoni vows to stick to basics
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insists his world-beating team will focus purely on cricket when they take on England.
Last Updated: 14/07/11 3:18pm
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insists his world-beating team will concentrate purely on cricket rather than protecting their number one Test status against England this summer.
Dhoni's team have been top of the world for more than a year, but if England can win by two clear matches in the forthcoming four-match npower series the hosts will usurp them.
On the eve of India's only warm-up match - a three-day fixture against Somerset in Taunton, which will feature England captain Andrew Strauss in the home team on loan from Middlesex - Dhoni made it clear his superstars intend to keep things simple.
"It's not the rankings that are important to us. What is important is to play good cricket and enjoy the sport," he told Sky Sports News, a week before the first Test is due to start at Lord's.
"The rankings will take care of themselves."
Dhoni will be doing all he can too to make sure India do not buckle this summer under the pressure of trying to please their hundreds of millions of supporters.
"When you represent India and 1.2 billion have expectations from you, I think every series is important.
"We can't really take any side lightly.
"But it is important to still stick to the basics, not thinking too much about the opposition.
"England are a very good side. We'll have to be at our best, and try to do the small things right."