ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar Is Not Worried About India’s Dismal Performance In The Warm-Up Match Against New Zealand
India, one of the favourite sides in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, performed poorly in the first pre-World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand. However, the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is not feeling worried about this performance.
On Saturday (25th May), India faced New Zealand in the warm-up game at The Oval (London). India’s top-order batting hugely failed, and they were bundled out for just 179 runs (39.2 overs). In reply, New Zealand chased down that target in 37.1 overs after losing four wickets (180/4).
However, Sachin Tendulkar has enough faith in the present Indian national cricket team. He feels that these warm-up experiences are very crucial ahead of the big test.
Tendulkar recently said, “I will not judge the team after each and every game. It’s a tournament and things like these will happen. The main tournament has not even started yet.
“I think we need to settle down, one or two games may go here and there. India should make most of the practice matches leading to the World Cup. They should understand what kind of surfaces they might get. I won’t panic at all as of now.”
Nobody is wanting to expose their proper playing XI – Sachin Tendulkar about the warm-up matches
Tendulkar further added that many times the teams don’t want to expose themselves in the warm-up matches. He claimed that these warm-up matches had been utilised to look at the different combinations.
Tendulkar claimed, “Many a time, teams are trying different combinations, batting line up. Almost all teams are not sure about their front-line, playing 11, several bowlers and batsmen are rested. Nobody is wanting to expose their proper playing XI.
“All the teams are preparing and trying different combinations in those conditions, which would work for them.”
Tendulkar expects little flatter and better spin-friendly wickets in the upcoming Cricket World Cup matches.
He said, “Yesterday (in India’s warm-up match) was a different kind of pitch with a bit of grass cover on it and the conditions were slightly in favour of bowlers upfront and as the time went by, the wicket settled down a little more. I think the wickets will change, they will get little flatter and spinners will come into play much more.”
Afghanistan will throw up surprises in the World Cup – Sachin Tendulkar
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on 30th May, and it will run till 14th July. England and Wales are ready to host this entire tournament. A total of top ten teams are ready to participate in this tournament. These teams are England (hosts), Australia (defending champions), India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Windies.
Tendulkar feels that Afghanistan will surprise everyone in this Cricket World Cup.
He said, “I have said it earlier that Afghanistan will throw up surprises in the World Cup because they have one of the best spin bowling attacks. Even if they treat it like Test cricket, they will still take wickets in the middle overs.”
I would love to see more than 10 teams participating – Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar always supports the larger participating teams in the Cricket World Cup. During the previous edition of the Cricket World Cup (2015), Tendulkar suggested the 25-team Cricket World Cup in future. However, he also doesn’t want to compromise on the standard of playing.
Tendulkar said, “Ideally, if it is called the World Cup, then the world should be participating and we need to find ways to engage more and more teams and yet keep that standard of play high. It is not going to happen overnight and we need to find ways to do that.
“So ideally I would love to see more than 10 teams participating, but also at the same time not to compromise on the standard of playing. So it’s going to be a lengthy process.”
Talking about the proper growth of the other associate teams, Tendulkar has suggested longer ‘A’ teams’ cricket matches between the top full members and the other associate teams.
He added, “That can only happen if ‘A’ teams of India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand go and play against the new teams, not just ODI cricket but also three-four day cricket to give them that exposure, to make them understand the standard of playing and get them ready for bigger tournaments.”
Though the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reduced the number of participating teams for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, they have raised the number of participating teams for the next T20 World Cup (2020). Moreover, all the associate members have earned the T20I status from 1st January 2019. However, there is nothing much significant progress in longer formats yet.
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