Ahmedabad: Months before the start of the 2011 World Cup, the entire cricket community was abuzz with the talk of how this was one of the most important tournaments for the genius of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. However, Sachin, who is playing his last World Cup remained quiet and decided to focus on the task on hand.
But, just a day before Team India’s all important quarter-final against defending champions Australia, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has finally came out in the open and conceded that the ongoing cricket World Cup in the sub-continent is indeed the most important tournament of his illustrious cricket career.
Sachin, who has never been very expressive about his feelings, started his World Cup career in 1992 and has equaled Javed Miandad’s record of playing in six World Cups after representing the country in the ongoing edition.
Over his two-decade long cricket career, the little master has set and broken every record possible but has longed for the illustrious World Cup victory that has eluded Team India since that memorable win in the 1983 edition of the quadrennial tournament.
The dream was nearly realized when India made it to the final of the 2003 World Cup but ended up as the runners-up after losing to Australia in the finale. Tendulkar was also not a part of the T20 World Cup winning squad that was led by MS Dhoni.
A victory in what in all probability is his last World Cup would be the icing on the cake and would be the ideal parting gift for the man who has done more for Indian cricket than any other cricketer.
"Yes, it is the most important tournament of my life," Sachin was quoted as saying by a leading newspaper.
“"Everyone wants the team to do well. I need to focus all my energies on how to go about doing my job," he added.
Team India take of Australia in the quarter-final before possibly squaring up against arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis.