Hearthrob of millions and cricket icon, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday has said that fans must stand by the Indian team during the World Cup since there will surely be tough times and obstacles in their title defense. He said at an MRF event, “Obviously you want them to go out and thrash the opposition and win each and every match but that is not possible. Sometimes you have to accept defeat and that can also be a learning experience in a tournament like World Cup.”

He further added, “There are going to be difficult moments, there are going to be obstacles along the way but not just the team, if you all are together, it becomes inspiring for the players to move forward, knowing that the nation is not sitting on top of the head but the nation is moving ahead along with it. I would urge everyone to support our team. Earlier I batted for India on the field, now I continue to bat for India off the field. Something that really matters to a sportsman is genuine support and that is what I would like to extend.”

After having featured in six editions of the World Cup, it will be altogether a new experience for Sachin Tendulkar who won’t be a part of it. He said “Being a World Cup ambassador is truly an honour and it has happened for the second time. Last time I was ambassador and we played the 2011 World Cup and I was actually part of it. This time I am not. I am really looking forward to this experience because this is the first time that I won’t be playing. It’s a new experience for me”. 

Remembering good old memories he said, “World Cup journey started for me in 1983. I watched India win an excellent finals against West Indies and then Kapil paaji holding that beautiful trophy in the balcony of Lords. The next experience which was even greater, I was a ball boy at the Wankhede stadium and I got to see all the superstars of Indian cricket from a close vicinity. And then to become an ambassador of 2011 and 2015 World Cup it feels like I have done a full circle”.  

Tendulkar, took a final bow from international cricket in November 2013 and was part of India’s World Cup-winning squad in 2011 when the his team mates carried the Master Blaster on their shoulders at the Wankhede Stadium. Therefore, it becomes the noble duty of each and every fan of the game to give a thorough consideration to the appeal made by the Master blaster and to extend full support to Team India.

 

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