With India is gearing up to defend their ICC Champions Trophy title in England, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar feels the onus is on the team and not on any individual to win the prestigious tournament.
After much speculations, the BCCI finally gave Team India the go-ahead to participate in the eight-team tournament starting from June 1. The Virat Kohli-led side is one of the hot favourites to lift the title and Tendulkar has said that the Men in Blue will have to play as a unit rather than defending on any individual to win the coveted trophy.
“I believe teams win championships. No individual can win championships,” Tendulkar said in an interview with India Today.
Tendulkar backed his claims by citing the example of 2011 World Cup when India had lifted the trophy under MS Dhoni. The tournament had witnessed each and every player contributing to the team’s cause and the master-blaster is expecting a similar performance from India in England too.
“I think it’s always the team and if you see 2011 (World Cup), it was the entire team which was in form. Different players performed at different stages,” said the player.
India will begin their title-defence against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham, the same place where they had won their second ICC Champions Trophy title four years ago.
The former cricketer further opined that there would be no second Sachin Tendulkar but backed the players to carve out their own identity in the game. Current India skipper Virat Kohli has drawn huge comparisons with Tendulkar due to his extraordinary batting exploits but according to the former cricketer, the Delhi-born cricketer would go on to leave his own legacy.
“I don’t think there will be another Sachin, it will be another individual,” said Tendulkar, who holds almost every batting record to his name.
Tendulkar, meanwhile, is also excited for his upcoming biopic ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’. The movie will trace the batting legend’s journey from a naughty and wild curly-haired boy to the biggest and most influential cricket star in the world. The much-awaited movie, which will be released on May 26, has been directed by award-winning writer and director James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures. The music of the movie has been given by none other than Oscar-winning AR Rahman.
Speaking about the movie, Tendulkar said:
“To go back 24 years, right from my first game to the last game, that is just one chapter in this movie. My childhood, how I started playing cricket, those memories are special.”
“The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of the film,” he added.