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India favourites to win World Cup 2015, says Tendulkar

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Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 11:18 [IST]
 
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'India favourites to win World Cup 2015'

Dubai, Oct 3: With less than 500 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on February 14, Sachin Tendulkar has predicted that the trophy will remain in the subcontinent with India favourites to retain the title.

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Tendulkar, who along with Pakistan's Javed Miandad is the only player in the history of the game to play in six World Cups, hoped that if MS Dhoni's side successfully defended the title, then it will once again provide tremendous joy to the nation while making it only the third country after West Indies and Australia to win back-to-back titles.

"Along with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also good sides," said the champion batsman, adding: "I am partial towards India and want them to do well. That would be really exciting. It will give so much happiness to the entire nation."

"That is something I would want, along with a billion plus people who will also be expecting the same thing to happen," Tendulkar, who was part of India's World Cup side in 2011, said.

Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket in December 2012 as the leading run-getter with 18,426 runs. Tendulkar finished as India's top scorer with 482 runs from nine matches in 2011 World Cup.

Tendulkar, who is also the highest run-getter in the history of ICC Cricket World Cup with 2,278 runs from 45 matches (1,195 runs more than Miandad), hoped India players will quickly adjust to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand.

"Well I think most of our guys have been to Australia. They know what to expect, (as) they have played there already,'' said Tendulkar who was part of the squad that toured Australia in 2011-12.

In the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in 2014-15, India will again be in Australia for a four-Test series. This will be followed by a tri-series also featuring England, apart from the host.

More than Australia, Tendulkar's worry was about adjusting to New Zealand conditions.

Recalling India's ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 match against New Zealand, Tendulkar said: "I remember our match in Dunedin, where it was extremely cold and windy. Whenever a batsman hit the ball with the wind, it would travel 10 yards further, but when we had to play against the wind, the ball travelled 10 yards less!

"As there is a tour to New Zealand planned in early 2014, it should give them good exposure to the conditions there."

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Story first published:  Thursday, October 3, 2013, 11:17 [IST]
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