As Team India touch down England ahead of 2019 World Cup, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has opined on the victory of the squad led by Virat Kohli. Speaking to news agency PTI, he has said that if India aim to win the World Cup for the third time at Lord's, it can only be possible through team-work.
“I think you will always have a couple of individuals stepping up every game but without team support, you can’t do much. Just because of one individual, you can’t win a tournament. No way. Unless, others chip in at every crucial stage. If that doesn’t happen, there will be a disappointment,” Tendulkar said in an interview.
Tendulkar holds the record of having scored most runs in the World Cup. He has scored 2278 runs in 45 matches at a strike rate of 88.98 which includes 15 half-centuries and six centuries. The Little Master also has another unique record of six World Cup tons which is yet to be surpassed. The world-class batsman has featured in six World Cups from 1992 to 2011.
The Master Blaster was a pioneer of India's World Cup campaigns in 1996, 2003 and 2011. Sachin's one-man show could not help India in winning the title as their campaign ended in the semifinals against Sri Lanka. In 2003, he came so near yet so far as India faltered at the final hurdle against the Ricky Ponting-led Australia. While in 2011, a spirited team performance saw India become the first host nation to win the World Cup and it was also a dream come true for Sachin as he won the biggest prize in World Cricket in his very own backyard the Wankhede Stadium.
While Sachin tasted the biggest success that a sportsman could dream of in the twilight of his career, Kohli tasted it in his very first appearance on cricket's biggest stage.
Team India will be looking to win their third World Cup when the 12th edition of the showpiece event kicks off on May 30 in the United Kingdom. The warm-up games will be played from May 24-28. India will be playing two warm-up games. One against New Zealand on May 25 and the other one will be against Bangladesh on May 28.
The ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in England and Wales from May 30-July 14. The host England and South Africa will play in the World Cup curtain-raiser on May 30 at The Oval. Team India kicks off its campaign against South Africa on June 5.
(With PTI inputs)