England match imp like all World Cup games
Bangalore: It is being touted as the big Group B clash of the World Cup but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said tomorrow`s match against England is no more or no less crucial than any other game his side would play during the event.
"What is important is for each and every game, we prepare likewise whether its Bangladesh or England or Australia because that is what I feel is important rather than giving that one game extra importance. It is very important to have same preparation level throughout the tournament," Dhoni said.
"I think it is a crucial game but at the same time the preparation level remains the same," he added.
Asked whether India would start favourites against England, Dhoni said no such tags matter in the final analysis.
"In every game you have to start from scratch, a fresh start which means you have to do all the good things that you have done in the past. A lot has been talked about carrying the momentum but every game is different and you have to start well," he said.
England captain Andrew Strauss feels hard-hitting batsman Kevin Pietersen would be a key player tomorrow but Dhoni said India`s strategy would be team-centric instead of being individual-centric.
"It is not about one individual. When you are preparing for a match, you have to have strategies for the whole squad.
At least you have to have plan for the eleven members. Of course there are players in each squad, who can change course of the game.
"But I still feel its important to have strategy for the whole team because it will be very tough if you are targeting one individual. As in any international team most of the players are very talented," he said.
Dhoni revealed pacer Ashish Nehra is a doubtful starter for tomorrow`s match. "As per the physio`s report, he is 80 per cent fit at the moment."
The Indian captain said holding nerves would also be crucial in the crunch match.
"We are not celebrating yet, that`s for sure. Of course, we had a good start in the opening game, where we batted really well and after that spinners did a good job in the middle overs. Again, I think it`s about the team that will start well and hold the nerves for a consistent period of time," he said.