Mumbai: Former cricketer Vinod Kambli on Friday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys should do everything to win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar, who has dreamt of the collecting the coveted trophy since his childhood.
Kambli said Tendulkar, his childhood friend, has such a burning desire to win the World Cup title that if it does not materialise this time around, he would continue playing and give it a shot in the 2015 edition.
“It is somewhere in the back of Sachin’s mind to win the World Cup. I sincerely hope that the team should give the World Cup gift to him else he will play in the 2015 World Cup too,” Kambli, who played in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups said on the sidelines of a function last night.
“He (Sachin) has stated his desire to win the World Cup. During the 1987 World Cup we were ball boys and our dream (of playing in World Cup) came true in the 1992 when we played together.”
“Many a times I feel why we lost despite coming so close to winning. I remember I had cried. In 1996 we had a good opportunity to win. Despite playing well throughout the tournament we lost the match in the semi-finals (against Sri Lanka).”
“The entire country is looking forward to it. Our best wishes will really help our team. I wish that the team, after the 1983 World Cup win, will repeat the feat again in the 2011 World Cup. I wish the entire team, especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all the best to fulfill the master blaster’s dream,” he added.
Kambli said the team has enough talent to do well.
“There is a different pressure of playing at home. I have faced it during 1996. Just hope that the 1996 incident does not happen again. Crowd will play an important role,” he said.