Indian Cricketing Legend, Bharat Ratna and Called as GOD of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has said that the defending champions of Cricket World Cup, India are strong contenders for the coming edition in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 due to the skill of their team.
After being struggled in the Test series in England, India hit back with form in the ODIs, and took the series with a commanding nine-wicket win in 4th ODI at Edgbaston. Now they lead the series 3-0 with one match to play.
“India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title. It is a well balanced side and is tough to beat,” said Tendulkar to the Hindu. “It is a versatile ODI team. There is depth in batting and variety in bowling. And the fielding has been brilliant.“
The India’s turnaround started at Cardiff, where Suresh Raina joined for the ODIs, rescued the team with a century which followed with ratling England with Spin. After that, the team has shown improvement with every game, along with the seamers picking up wickets. At Edgbaston, Ajinkya Rahane continued to show good form as he registered his maiden ODI century while Shikhar Dhawan, who had been out of form for a long while, added an unbeaten 97.
“If you look at batting, there is a good mix of the right and the left-handers,” Sachin said. “When a right-left combination is at the crease, it becomes a lot harder for the bowlers. They have to find the right line. In bowling, the Indians have been bowling well in partnerships. There are some good pace and spin options at different stages of the innings.“
Tendulkar hoped that India would fight back in Tests in near future. “I know the cricketers in this Indian team,” he said. “I know what they are capable of. This team will come back in Tests. I want to look at things with a positive mindset. Look at the way the Indians have come back in the one-day series. The team has shown a lot of fight.“