It’s a dream to play in World Cup finals

Arguably the most accomplished batsman of contemporary times, Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar still has unfulfilled dreams, one of them being to win the World Cup for his team when the event comes to Asia next year.

Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in the Test and one-day format of the game, hopes to play in the final of the World Cup then it is jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh early next year.

“As far as the World Cup is concerned it is a process. We don’t want to jump to the 50th floor straight away, we must start on the ground floor,” he said.

“We must take it step-by-step but to get there would be a fascinating journey. It is our dream, not just mine but the entire nation, to get there. To play the final in Mumbai is something you can only dream of and everything has to come together,” he added.

Tendulkar said if India played to their potential, there was a good chance of being in the finals of the event. “I think we can do something we have been longing to do for quite some time,” he said.

Part of the Test side which is currently the world number one in ICC rankings, Tendulkar said the tough part was not to get there but would be to maintain it.

“To be number one is special, it was our dream and our target to get to the number one spot in Test cricket,” he said.

“We have had a good run in the last 20 months. Everyone wants to be number one and we cannot relax because there are other countries who want to be number one. It means a lot to us,” he added.

The 37-year-old once again parried queries on his future maintaining that he would quit the moment he felt that he had stopped enjoying his game.

“I want to play for as long as possible and as long as I have the desire and the hunger I will carry on,” he was quoted as saying by a website.

“The day I do not want to get out of bed and do anything then I know it will be time to go in another direction,” he added.