Ever since Indian cricket team has performed well in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, having won their opening matches against arch-rivals Pakistan and South Africa, a lot of ex-cricketers have showered praise for the immaculate win achieved by them. The main highlight of both these game remained the manner in which Team India had performed in an easy and confident way.
Especially the way Team India had excelled both in batting and bowling in tough Australian conditions, it became a matter of surprise for a lot of observers. However, West Indian legend Brian Lara has attributed this supremacy to Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar and Lara happen to be two of the most celebrated batsmen of their time. Though Brain Lara retired after the 2007 World Cup, Tendulkar kept on going to win the 2011 edition for India before opting to take a final bow from his career in November 2013 against the West Indies. It is really good to see that despite the fact that more than a year after Tendulkar last played for India, Brian Lara is still evaluating the success of the Little Master. He has defined the victory of Team India as Sachin’s imprints on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.
He said, “India are playing very, very good cricket. Earlier, in these conditions, India wouldn’t have been a problem but since Tendulkar, the new age players have been playing good cricket on difficult pitches. Sachin showed them how to play on bouncy tracks and the team is now following on his footsteps.”
India’s all-round splendid show in all the spheres of the game has been seen as a surprise by one and all. One cannot simply term this as a co-incidence that Virat Kohli’s hundred led the run free flow against Pakistan in Adelaide and Shikhar Dhawan’s vital 137 put South Africa bend in Melbourne. The duo Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina had extended brilliant supporting roles. The Indian bowling attack has been immaculate.
Lara has seemingly seen impressed, as he said, “India are excellent in all departments – with the bat, ball and their fielding. Their batsmen are playing well. They already have two centurions and Rahane is also is very fine touch. Their bowlers have been right on the spot and have created a lot of pressure. The Indian fielding has improved a lot in the last few years but now it is on a different level. Under Dhoni they are playing some very good cricket and are a very tough side to beat.”