When it comes to shouldering responsibilities, there are very few players in cricket more experienced than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The former India opener remained under pressure to deliver and live up to the expectations of the millions for more than two decades. Current India skipper Virat Kohli is facing the same scenario now.
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The right-handed batsman is set to lead India in the upcoming World Cup and expectations are sky high from him and the team. For the last few years, Kohli has been India’s flag-bearer and has rarely disappointed. Tendulkar, however, knows that Kohli just cannot lead India to glory singlehandedly. Tendulkar himself played six World Cups and finally tasted success in his last one.
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“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 a disappointment,” Sachin Tendulkar wad quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicles.
India’s team for the World Cup is pretty much settled except the number four spot. With Ambati Rayudu not a part of the squad, there is still no confirmation over who would bat at that spot although Vijay Shankar is likely to bat at that position. However, Tendulkar is not worried with the conundrum and feels that the team has the batsmen to get the job done.
“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,” said Tendulkar.
India, meanwhile, will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa. Before that the team will also play a couple of warm-up games.