Sachin Tendulkar Backs India to Defend World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar feels India has a perfect mix of players who can combine their skills to do well in the ICC World Cup in Autstralia and New Zealand next year.

updated: September 04, 2014 19:06 IST
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar flanked by former Australian cricketers Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee pose with the Cricket World Cup trophy during a sporting event.


Mumbai: Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has backed defending champion India to do well at next year's World Cup because of the team's all-round ability. (Also read: Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography promises special treat to fans)

"India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in Chennai by The Hindu newspaper on Thursday. "It is a well-balanced side and is tough to beat."

The 41-year-old Tendulkar, who retired last year with the most runs and most centuries in both tests and one-day internationals, praised all facets of the Indian team as it took a 3-0 lead after four games of a five-match ODI series in England. (Related: ODI wins great but don't forget Test rout, says Gavaskar)

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