Winning World Cup is my main objective: Tendulkar

Published: Friday, June 21, 2002, 2:07 [IST]
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London: Amidst the soccer mania sweeping entire England, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar kept his focus on the cricket World Cup next year, saying winning the coveted trophy was the main objective of the Indian team and he was determined to play a major role in it. Speaking at the team's first press conference on their tour of England on Thursday, Tendulkar said the fans in India wanted the team to regain the World Cup, which it had won in 1983 and the English tour would prove to be the launching pad in this endeavour.

"The country wants us to bring back the World Cup. But to start with, we will first like to win the English Cup (the Test and One-day series in England)," Tendulkar told reporters. And true to his commitment, Tendulkar said winning the World Cup was his main aim. "My top priority is to win matches for India. In the process, if I score hundreds, then it is doubly fine." The star batsman, who had relinquished the captaincy, two years back, parried a question whether he would like to take over the leadership again.

"I have not ruled it out but I myself stepped down two years back. Things are going on well. I am enjoying my game."

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