'Batting will have to click to prevent whitewash'
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said if a 4-0 whitewash against England is to be prevented, his batsmen will have to fire in the fourth and final Test starting in London on Thursday.cricket Updated: Aug 17, 2011 19:50 IST
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said if a 4-0 whitewash against England is to be prevented, his batsmen will have to fire in the fourth and final Test starting in London on Thursday.
"First and foremost, we are a side known for our batting. Our priority would be to put runs on the board and thus apply pressure on the opposition line-up," said Dhoni while reflecting on his team which has failed to put up 300 even once in the series.
India boast of a famed batting line-up which has the trio of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman who have over 100 Test centuries between them.
Still, Dhoni believed it was paramount the openers fired in the Oval Test. "We rely heavily on our openers. Whenever we've got a good start, our middle order has capitalised and put par total on the board," he said at the pre-match press conference.
The best start India have managed in the series is 63 runs which left-hander Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir put on in the first Test at Lord's last month.
Even the return of Virender Sehwag in the third Test at Edgbaston did not make a difference in India's fortunes as the Delhi dasher was out to a king's pair.
"Irrespective of where he is playing, what condition it is, Sehwag plays his own game. He backs himself to play his shots. Once in a while you get those games (but) he also helps us win more games," said Dhoni.
Dhoni, inevitably, was asked how desperate he was to draw the game if winning was not possible at the Oval.
"That seems like a desperate approach. When you are desperate, you play below your potential. So it's not good to worry about result. We will do the basics of breaking up the game in small sessions and doing well in them," he said.