ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar Believes India Can’t Win The World Cup Only Depending On Virat Kohli
The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has recently claimed that India will disappoint in the upcoming Cricket World Cup if their batting only depends on Virat Kohli’s performances.
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is just around one week away to begin. A total of ten teams will participate in this competition that will be hosted by England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July.
Recently, when Tendulkar was asked whether the Indian captain Virat Kohli can carry the same burden like him in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, he claimed that one individual couldn’t win a tournament.
Tendulkar recently said, “I think you will always have a couple of individuals stepping up every game but without team support, you can’t do much. Just because of one individual, you can’t win a tournament. No way. Unless, others chip in at every crucial stage. If that doesn’t happen, there will be disappointment.”
Apart from the crucial no.4 batting position, India’s other batting positions are almost secured. However, Tendulkar doesn’t feel that it will be a big issue for the Indian national cricket team in the upcoming Cricket World Cup due to having enough options.
He said about this, “I think we have batsmen, who can do the job. Number four is just a number and it can be adjusted. I particularly don’t see No. 4 as a problem. Our boys have played enough cricket to know their roles whether it is No 4, 6 or 8. Situational awareness is the key.”
It’s become one-sided with introduction of two new balls and flat pitches – Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar is unhappy to see the introduction of two new balls and flat pitches in the present ODI cricket. He feels that it has made a difficult life for the bowlers.
Tendulkar said, “It’s become one sided with introduction of two new balls and flat pitches have made lives of bowlers much more difficult. One team is scoring 350 and the other is chasing down inside 45 overs.”
Due to the introduction of two new balls for two different bowling ends in an ODI innings, the pacers hardly get reverse-swing in ODI cricket. Sachin Tendulkar has shared his disappointment about this.
He added, “The ball is staying hard. I mean when was the last time you saw reverse-swing in ODIs?
“When we played and there was one new ball, it would start reversing from 28th or 30th over. Some teams could get it to reverse even earlier. At the death, the ball would go soft, even get discoloured. These were challenges that batsmen faced. But now the ball remains hard and the bats are getting better.”
Apart from these factors, the quality of the present ODI balls has also become a significant factor for not getting enough help as a bowler.
Talking about the solution, Tendulkar has adviced that either prepares the bowling helpful track or moves to the older one new ball system.
Tendulkar claimed, “I think some thought needs to go into this. Either prepare helpful tracks if you have two new balls so that there is some help upfront. Or else go back to the old one new ball system which aids reverse swing. Whatever but do something for the bowlers.”
Kuldeep and Chahal shouldn’t be too worried about Australia series – Sachin Tendulkar
Though the Indian wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are standing in top 10 ODI bowling ranks, recently the Australian team dominated against them. However, Tendulkar doesn’t feel much worried about this.
He said, “Let’s understand this. There are a number of bowlers who have been read well by batters but yet they end up getting a lot of wickets. So Kuldeep and Chahal shouldn’t be too worried about Australia series.
“Agreed the Aussies read them well but does that mean they wouldn’t be committing mistakes or can’t be forced to commit mistakes.”
Talking about this, Tendulkar took the example of the legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan‘s two common deliveries.
Master Blaster added, “Murali basically bowled two deliveries – traditionally off-breaks and doosra. It’s not that batsmen never read Murali but he still ended up getting wickets.
“There is a thing called error in judgement and that can happen with best of batsmen. You may think ball would turn four inches but there is eight-inch turn. The distance between middling the ball and edging it is a mere deviation of less than two inches. Even when you know that an outswinger had been bowled, you still edge it.”
I rate our chances very high – Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar feels that the present Indian national cricket team has a high chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup. He believes that the current Indian team is a well-balanced side with the mixtures of experienced cricketers and talented youngsters.
He claimed, “There is a good balance in the side. We have a number of guys with 8-10 years of experience and at the same time we have talented youngsters like Kuldeep, Rahul, Chahal, Hardik (Pandya) and Jasprit (Bumrah) with a couple of years of international cricket.
“So, it’s a perfect blend with all the makings of a wonderful team. I rate our chances very high.”
The two-time World Cup winners India will begin their Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. In the opening match of this competition, India will face South Africa at Southampton.
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