Bangalore: Touted as the big clash of Group B of the World Cup, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that the 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.

England captain Andrew Strauss feels hard-hitting batsman Kevin Pietersen would be a key player but Dhoni said India's strategy would be team-centric instead of being individual-centric.

"I still feel it’s 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 said pacer Ashish Nehra is a doubtful starter for Sunday's match. "As per the physio's report, he is 80 per cent fit at the moment."

On the pressure of playing in front of home fans, Dhoni said he learnt to handle it long back as none of India's matches are without pressure.

"Most of the guys are used to it especially being part of the IPL as you have to perform under pressure for the franchise. Pressure goes hand-in-hand with the Indian team," he said.

On whether he expects Sachin Tendulkar to get a big score here, Dhoni said "When it comes to Sachin you always expect big things. As scoring big runs are concerned he has been doing it for the last twenty years."

(Agencies)