London: England won't be focussing all their efforts on Sachin Tendulkar during the first Test at Lord's, fully aware that India have a host of batsmen capable of match-winning innings, and Graeme Swann has suggested that it's MS Dhoni who they need to keep under pressure rather than the player on 99 international hundreds.
Much of the build-up to the opening match of a highly-anticipated series, between the No. 1 team in the world and the side who can overtake them with a two-Test winning margin, has focussed on Tendulkar's quest for a century of centuries. If that happens at Lord's it would also be Tendulkar's first at the home of cricket as, like Lara before him, it's a rare honour to elude him so far. But, perhaps because of Tendulkar's record at Lord's, or perhaps to play down some of the expectation, Swann insisted England wouldn't take their eye off the bigger picture.
"It would be very, very risky to focus all our energies on Sachin Tendulkar," he said. "Sure, he's the best player in the modern generation but they've got so many other good players, and if we focus all our energies on just one guy, there's going to be someone else sneaking in the back door.