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ICC Champions Trophy: Indian batsmen well prepared for English bowlers

Shikhar Dhawan: Has been in fine form with the bat for India

James Anderson: Will be a threat to India but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his top order can cope

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his top order are well prepared to face the English bowlers in Sunday's ICC Champions Trophy final.

India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have piled up exactly 500 runs between them in their four successive victories this tournament, boasting a combined aggregate which is 200 runs in excess of their opposite numbers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

While Dhoni is well aware of the new-ball threat posed specifically by James Anderson in his home conditions, he believes his batsmen can cope at Edgbaston.

"England are a very good team, especially the bowlers," said Dhoni. "(But) our top order have done well and played some of the best bowlers in world cricket so far in the tournament.

"So I think they are quite well prepared for the English bowlers."

Surprise

On the bowling front, Dhoni is hoping spinning duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can have an impact against England.

"I think it's very important that they hunt in pairs, and I think that's what they have been doing really well so far," he said.

"When Jadeja puts the pressure on, Ashwin gets the wicket; when Ashwin puts the pressure, Jadeja gets the wicket.

Dhoni - Very important game

"Both of them are very crucial for each other's success and for the success of the team."

One more match will define the campaign for them and everyone else, and may help erase India's unwanted memories of summer 2011 when they followed their spring World Cup success by losing 7-0 to England in the Test and ODI formats.

"You go through ups and downs," added Dhoni. "We accept the fact that we didn't do really well in that series but we have (so far) in this one."

Who will win the ICC Champions Trophy?

  • India
  • England

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