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Sachin Tendulkar's advice for India's World Cup team: Pace yourself cleverly


NEW DELHI: In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar played his first World Cup. It had been just three years since he made a 'bloody nosed' global debut against the Pakistan tempo battery. But little did the then 18-year-old Tendulkar know that he'll move directly to play 5 extra ICC World Cups, winning the trophy in his final World Cup hurrah at house in 2011.

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Before Tendulkar, most effective Javed Miandad knew what it felt like to play six World Cups. He might have hung up his cricket boots, but on every occasion the showpiece tournament is around the corner, Tendulkar turns out to have that unmatched adrenaline rush, which is about to as soon as again grip the imagination of the cricketing international.

"Representing the nation is the highest honour and to play the world cup is possibly the biggest tournament any cricketer can play," Sachin advised Timesofindia.com. "When these two things coincide, it makes it a big tournament and memories that last forever."

For positive, making his World Cup debut was one of the greatest recollections Tendulkar carries. But that 1992 match, co-hosted via Australia and New Zealand was additionally unique, in comparison to the opposite 5 Tendulkar featured in.

Before the impending edition beginning in England and Wales on May 30, the World Cup in 1992 was the final time when a full round-robin layout was used. It's no longer a marvel then that Tendulkar was fast to touch upon that and identified that peaking too soon in this long-drawn layout may prove to be unhealthy.

(Sachin Tendulkar in motion against Pakistan all through the 1992 World Cup - Getty Images)

"It's a long tournament, new format, so pacing yourself cleverly is going to be a critical factor," he stated. "We (India) just need to stay focused on the process and the result will take care of itself. That is what I would say: Stay focused on the process and enjoy these moments."

Tendulkar saw India's World Cup journey in the 2015 edition from the sidelines for the primary time in 23 years. The MS Dhoni-led crew misplaced to Australia in the semi-finals. While Dhoni is still there in the scheme of items, keeping the crew at the side of captain Virat Kohli, the Indian squad total has a special hue in comparison to the only in 2015.

Tendulkar spoke about that, while maintaining that it's "more or less the same squad".

"I feel (in) the current World Cup squad, we're looking at a couple of all-rounders, in anyone like Hardik (Pandya), a seam-bowling all-rounder. His inclusion is going to be crucial. (Also) Vijay Shankar, who can bat and bowl.

"We also are looking at quality wrist spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) to bowl in the heart overs. We have additionally were given Ravindra Jadeja, who has been there for some time," Sachin said. "These inclusions would give a brand new size to the crew in comparison to 2015."

In the build-up to the World Cup, Tendulkar ranked Jasprit Bumrah as the most productive bowler currently in limited-overs cricket. Bumrah's fellow pacers in the World Cup squad, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whole India's specialist fast-bowling unit.

"I truly like what I see in this bowling assault; I believe it is a whole assault," said Tendulkar, the only man to score hundred international centuries. "But it's always nice not to examine the 2 groups (2015 and 2019), their strengths and their susceptible spaces."

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One of Tendulkar's six World Cup appearances was in 1999 in England, co-hosts of the impending 12th edition of the match. However, there is a big difference in the stipulations and pitches in England now, as in comparison to the ones two decades ago.

In the 4 finished ODIs between England and Pakistan recently, totals of 350 become not unusual and had been even chased down a couple of instances via the hosts, who received the five-match series Four-Zero, with one sport washed out.

"I feel the pitches have changed but additionally to not forget that in 1999, we played with the Dukes ball, which is an absolutely different ball. It has extra soar than the Kookaburra, and it swings otherwise in comparison to the Kookaburra," analysed Tendulkar.

"I believe the tracks are different now, with summer time environment in. It's a heat summer time, I'm advised."

The 46-year-old Tendulkar then mentioned quite a few components that loaded the sport heavily in favour of the batsmen.

"With flat pitches and two information balls, the bowlers are going to search out it difficult to contain runs. The batsmen are ready to take extra possibilities with field restrictions, because (via playing) in T20s, they've practiced quite a few photographs which are slightly risky. But in case you go through with your shot and it clicks, that puts a large number of drive on the bowling side.

"Also, I feel since the introduction of two new balls, the reverse-swing element is one factor that is missing in today's cricket. We have not seen enough of reverse swing, and that has made a batsman's life easy, to score runs at a different pace altogether," stated Tendulkar, earlier than bringing up the example of Pakistan's ODI series defeat in England.


"If you look at the last four one-dayers played in England, almost 350 runs were scored in virtually every game. So they (batsmen) are going at seven runs an over, which is making a bowler's life really difficult, but that is also because two new balls are being used and reverse swing is virtually non-existent," he defined.


The highest run-scorer in World Cup history concluded his research via replying to a frequently-asked query.


Which 4 groups will make it to the semifinals?


"India, England and Australia, with New Zealand or Pakistan the fourth team."


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