Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that fatigue factor will be key for Team India side in Australia. The team has been in Australia since almost two months, playing non-stop. India lost the four-match Test series 0-2 against Australia and failed to win a single ODI in the tri-series.
Comparing the current situation to the 1992 world cup, he said, “Yeah, the only difference now you are saying that I hope that the team comes back. We didn’t come back inspite of good 15-20 days between the tri-series and the World Cup in 1992..we didn’t come back. So at the end of the tournament, that mental and physical fatigue obviously plays a part.”
“You can still go the gyms and work out and you know if you are not carrying an injury then it’s reasonably ok to maintain certain level of fitness. But mental fitness, that freshness, to be able to move away from game and recharge your batteries and come back firing on all cylinders is going to be critical,” he added.
He also praised Rahane, adding, “You will always have couple of key players, someone like Ajinkya Rahane is underrated, and opposition wouldn’t be planning for Ajinkya as much as they would be thinking about how to bowl Rohit (Sharma), Virat (Kohli) and Dhoni at the end. (Suresh) Raina is doing well, if he gets going, he can clear any field in the world. All the combination that we looking to play, Shikhar (Dhawan) can give a good start, he can be a dangerous player as well and I think we have a very good batting line up.”
“All depends on bowling form, I have seen at one stage Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) doing really well even in T20 death overs. Last season he got his yorkers off-side the off stump spot on. It is just about the momentum, if bowler gets the momentum, good rhythm they would be able to deliver. But I feel Shami and Umesh (Yadav) will have to go fuller I think,” he added on the bowlers.
He also said, “Captaincy is obviously important in how he keeps his players in right frame of mind and makes them believe that they are the best players in the world, to go out and win that particular game for him and win it till the end. I believe my final four is no different from many as I pick India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand to make the semis.”