Sachin must open at Cup, say legends

first_imgCricket legends on Wednesday gave a unanimous verdict over whether Sachin Tendulkar should open or bat in the middle order in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup beginning February 19. They also believed Team India had a good chance to come up trumps.  “For the 14 years (out of his 22 years of international cricket), he has opened for India. His track-record says he has been the best batsman as an opener,” former captain Kapil Dev told Headlines Today, adding, “Let him continue to do that.” “His experience at the top will come handy for him to tackle pressure, but it is up to the captain to discuss this issue with the man himself if he wants him to bat down the order,” former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said. “I think we have enough players in the middle order to change gears. Tendulkar should bat at the top,” said former captain Sourav Ganguly. The greats also appeared optimistic about India’s chances at the Cup. “We have a very good team, but someone will have to play extraordinary innings to win games,” said Kapil. For Manjrakar, India’s prospects look bright as the opponents at the 10th WC are not that strong as compared to earlier editions. However, Sourav cautioned against complacency, saying “On paper it’s a strong team, but winning the Cup is quite different.”last_img

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