Too risky to focus on Tendulkar alone: Swann
Lord`s: England off-spinner Graeme Swann feels it would be too risky to focus only on Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming Test series as India have other key batsmen in their side.
"It`s very risky to focus on Sachin alone. He is the best of the modern generation and the record speaks for itself. But just focusing on him can create the risk of someone sneaking from the back door and take the game away from us," Swann said.
Swann, however, could not but praise Tendulkar, who is chasing his 100th international hundred at Lord`s, a venue he has not enjoyed in the past.
"I saw him get a hundred on TV before Sky Sports even started -- that was how long ago! He`s a phenomenal talent to still be going now and on the verge of a 100th hundred in international games.”
"Hopefully he`ll have to wait six or seven months for that because we don`t want him getting one in England."
The 32-year-old bowler, however, said that India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was probably the most charismatic cricketer in the team.
"MS Dhoni is probably the most charismatic cricketer they ever had. You have to be in India to realise the sway he holds in that country. He is more important than any other player.He leads from the front and is a very dangerous cricketer. He`s the key man," Swann, rated by many as one of the best off spinners in the world, said.
Swann, who has taken 140 wickets from 32 Tests with 10 five-wicket hauls at an average of 27.72, revealed that English team has done a thorough analysis of India`s top batsmen and would be well prepared for the Test series, starting July 21.
"We have an army of support staff who compile all data on batsmen, where to bowl, how to bowl. I hope our plan A and plan B works and we don`t have to resort to plan C or D."
Stating that India would be missing opener Virender Sehwag at the top of the order, Swann said, "Whenever a team loses a player of his quality, it`s a huge loss. You start to rely on guys who are that good. Sehwag has been phenomenal, it`s like if we miss on Jonathan Trott, it`s a huge hole to fill."
He believed that the series would be won by the team which could take 20 wickets in a match and said his side can do it.
"It`s about a team which can take 20 wickets and I`m very comfortable with the team we`ve got. We always expect to win, if you don`t do so you shoot yourself in the foot. Looking at two line-ups, I feel very comfortable," Swann said.
Insisting that he does not mind that England attack is going to be centered around swing bowlers, Swann explained, "We should have that kind of attack. Seamers should have the advantage. We have the best bowling attack in the world."