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Tendulkar picks India, Australia, England to make World Cup semis

MUMBAI: Between unpredictable Pakistan and perennial underdogs New Zealand lies the struggle for the fourth semifinalist's slot at this 50-over ICC World Cup in England, says Sachin Tendulkar. The other three, in no particular order, are Australia, England and India, says the batting legend.


Not South Africa, no longer West Indies. No point out of Sri Lanka, in any respect. It is quite Australia's re-emergence put up the go back of Steven Smith and David Warner, England's belligerent batting order and India's gifted young bunch that's playing on the grasp's mind because the big-ticket tournament attracts closer.

Here's why Tendulkar strongly believes within the shortlist he shared with NewsTread on Wednesday.

"The bigger the occasion, the more they rise to it," says Tendulkar about Australia, and that he puts it first and foremost to talent and not anything else. "At this level, with the confidence and talent that they arrive at each big tournament, it's only because of the array of talent they possess and the skills that individuals bring to the table," he says.

The former India World Cup profitable cricketer reckons the go back of Steven Smith and David Warner, particularly the latter, can be an enormous spice up to the Aussies. "He's a huge asset and he's looking very dangerous at the moment," says Tendulkar.

With England, the assertion is a ways more practical - which crew has proven the facility to chase 359 with six wickets and five overs to spare. "The batting order looks in ominous form. England are going to be very strong contenders," provides Tendulkar, allowing for that this is able to very a lot transform a batsman's World Cup.

But extra on that later.

India, within the batting maestro's opinion, are right up there alongside Australia and England as favourites. Reason? "They're a young and talented bunch that has played some really good cricket over the last two years," says Tendulkar.

But more than mere ability, he sees a well-rounded unit on this Indian crew. "MS (Dhoni) is back in the right touch," Tendulkar observes, reiterating the obvious - how a lot the World Cup-winning captain's just right shape may mean to the crew and its potentialities over the following month. "Some time back, he did go through his share of struggle but …" he trails off, reasonably confident that the wicketkeeper-batsman will continue to be the game-changer for India within the middle-order.

It is the fourth spot among the semifinalists that he is nonetheless no longer so confident about yet. New Zealand, for the perpetual risk they convey along, and Pakistan - properly, because they're Pakistan - are his cut up possible choices.

Back to why he believes this may well be the batsman's World Cup. The changing face of an English summer time, coupled with two significant parts - the restructuring mindset of a batsman in white ball cricket, thanks to T20 leagues and the International Cricket Council's (ICC) 'two new balls rule' presented in 2012 - are number one reasons why the crew that puts extra runs on the board could have the last giggle, believes Tendulkar.

"The reverse swing has gone missing after the two new balls rule came in. The ball doesn't go through enough wear and tear to bring that aspect into the game. That's one area (where bowlers have lost out)," says Tendulkar.

The other bit - sprouting of T20 leagues - has resulted in a heavy trade of mindsets, he provides. "Batsmen have constantly redefined (limits). The task of clearing boundaries has gained impetus," he says.

Tendulkar believes the rising acclaim for the T20 layout, coupled with a way of acute showmanship that batsmen tend to aspire for, have resulted in including the ones further muscle tissues to run-getters.

English summer time, if it is the rest like what it grew to become out to be last yr, will simplest add to the batting spectacle that white ball cricket is so immersed in, he says. "The weather will certainly have a very crucial role to play. Dry, sunny conditions are going to assist batsmen. The wickets have plenty to offer to batsmen as we saw in this recent England-Pakistan series. Think about it, more than 700 runs being scored in what, 95 overs? (England chased with five overs to spare). That is something to take into account," says Tendulkar.

However, he does believe India have the all-round arsenal to counter them, except that he does not to find it very proper that the onus will have to simplest be on Virat Kohli. "This is as much about Virat as any other team member. I don't think there needs to be so much focus only on one individual," says Tendulkar.

The 46-year-old speaks from a heavy quantity of experience. Year after yr, season after season, specifically throughout the 90s, Tendulkar carried the load of India's batting on his shoulders. But he does not see it that means.

"That's how the outsider saw it, maybe. For us, as a team, it was every individual contributing. That was the case then, and that is how it will be now. A few individuals will always be stepping up but in the end, it's about the team. Without the support of the entire team, not much can be achieved," he says.

Two gifted wrist spinners, a top quality tempo attack, two confirmed openers, a No. 3 batsman who's easily the most efficient on this planet right now, and the MS Dhoni issue - all put together, Tendulkar reckons India do have plentiful ability to take a good shot on the Cup.

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