Even as Team India gets all set to face England in the ICC T20 World Cup 2012, skipper MS Dhoni said that pace ace, Zaheer Khan should get equal respect that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar receives, for Zaheer is the Sachin for the team in bowling department.

 

Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Dhoni further said that the team was not taking any team lightly, especially when the knockout stage arrives.

 

"It's easier to go after a bowler when is not doing well.

 

For me, Zaheer is the Sachin Tendulkar of the Indian bowling attack. He has been the leader of the bowling unit for a number of years now," Dhoni said during the pre-match media interaction.

 

"He might not have been so effective in the last few matches but in those situations others need to step up. I believe it's a matter of time for him to get back to form," he added.

 

However, Dhoni looked a little circumspect when asked whether he would remain a 'Zaheer backer' even if the bowler's bad patch is a prolonged one.

 

"It's a difficult question to answer. Obviously, it depends on the format. For me, he is an experienced cricketer but then you have to look at the format. In this format you don't get too many matches."

 

With a place in the Super Eights already confirmed, Dhoni indicated that there were plans to make a few changes in the playing XI for their game against England.

 

"We are looking to make a few changes in the side.

 

Obviously, we only name the playing XI on the day of the match. We ideally want most of our 15 members to get some game time in the middle before we get on with the Super Eights," he remarked.