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Sachin Tendulkar tips India to be among semifinalists

Sachin Tendulkar tips India to be among semifinalists
“According to me, the top four teams that I would put them in the semis would be Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India,” Tendulkar, who played six World Cups, said when asked to name the four top teams. He said the whole team will have to perform if India have to defend the title they won at home in 2011 but felt that Dhoni’s experience and calm leadership would play a key role.

“Yes, I think MS Dhoni is the guy because he has the experience of competing at this level for close to 10 years and he is calm and composed. You know, even on the biggest of the stages he is calm and composed and that is what you expect from a leader,” Tendulkar, who won the 2011 World Cup under Dhoni, told a news channel.

“A leader should not panic, a quality which he has, and you know it’s equally important for a captain to be in a good form also to take his team forward, only one individual cannot make you win the trophy. You need the support of the entire team,” said the 41-year-old legendary batsman who retired from international cricket in 2013 after breaking almost all the batting records.

Star batsman Virat Kohli is also one player who Tendulkar feels can shine in this World Cup. “I think Virat Kohli is brilliant, his biggest strength is he analyses the situation very well and also analyzes the conditions, the pitch, the surface that he is going to bat on. He picks that very quickly, and then he is sure about when he’s going to collect his runs and how he’s going to collect his runs,” he said.

On struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan, Tendulkar said, “Shikhar has not had a great time there in Australia, but when he gets going, his game is suited for those hard and bouncy wickets. I think Shikhar, when he gets going early on in the tournament, he will be a key factor.” India take on Pakistan on Sunday in the opener in what promises to be a high-voltage contest in Adelaide.
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