Watch : Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli’s World Cup team: Want to see four stars on India shirt
Sachin Tendulkar has sent a heartfelt message to India’s World Cup-bound team on the eighth anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. Stressing that the moment when India lifted the coveted 50-over world cup trophy on April 2, 2011 as the biggest moment of his life, Tendulkar urged cricket fans in the country to rally behind Virat Kohli’s team at the 2019 World Cup.
Tendulkar also pointed out the stars on Team India’s blue jersey denotes the number of World Cup wins and said he wanted the number to increase from three (1983 and 2011 World Cup, 2007 World T20) to four after the upcoming edition of the 50-over tournament, starting May 30 in England and Wales.
“2nd of April, 2011… I honestly don’t know where I should start, what all I should say and where I should stop. It was the biggest day of my life. I have never seen a bigger day in my long career. World Cup comes every four years. It’s been eight years since that day. The next World Cup is here. Our World Cup team hasn’t been announced but whoever goes there (England) is our team,” Tendulkar said on Tuesday.
“I want to say one thing. If you carefully look at the BCCI logo on our India jersey, you can spot three stars on top of the logo… three World Cups. Three stars should turn into four. That’s what I want. Let’s all support our team this World Cup,” he added.
Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game, had to wait 22 years to get his hands on the World Cup. The batting legend, who picked up the bat after getting inspired by Kapil’s Devils creating history in 1983, came close to ending India’s drought in 2003 but the Sourav Ganguly-led side finished runners-up after a huge defeat to Australia in the final.
However, in 2011, India, under MS Dhoni, ended the country’s 28-year-long wait for World Cup glory. On a hot evening in Mumbai, skipper Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir played sensational knocks as India chased down a 275 run target. Dhoni finished it off in style by sending one into the stands at the Wankhede Stadium and holding his pose for the shutterbugs.
Tendulkar, featuring in his last 50-over World Cup, batted like a man possessed throughout the tournament and finished as the second highest run-scorer with 482 runs only behind Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had made 500.
Tendulkar had hit two centuries and two half-centuries, including the laborious 85 against arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the World Cup in Mohali.
Fittingly, Tendulkar’s teammates lifted him on their shoulders while Team India was doing the victory lap in front of thousands at the Wankhede Stadium on the big night.
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Source : India Today