Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the young Indian ODI team is very capable even in overseas conditions and there is no reason why they cannot defend their crown in the next year’s World Cup in OZ.
According to Sachin, the fight back by the young boys after the test series in England is a sign that they are mentally tough and relish the challenges.
After the 1-3 test series loss, a lot of Indian players, including the superstar Virat Kohli, were criticized.
There had been questions raised over the abilities of the youngsters, but, all those critics eventually had to eat their words as in the One Day Internationals, India came back in style and handed England three consecutive defeats in Nottingham, Rose Bowl and Edgbaston.
Talking about the Indian side the other day, Sachin said, “I have spent time with these young boys and I can assure you that they are all very good. Yes, in test matches, there have not been too many positive results of late, but, let us have some patience. It’s a young team. They will start delivering. I mean see how well they have done in ODIs.”
When asked about India’s chances in the World Cup, the master blaster said, “I would not be surprised if they are able to defend the title. They are a versatile side. There is left-right combination in their batting and as far as bowling is concerned, they are good both pace and spin wise. There is some real quality in there and I am backing them to do well in Australia-New Zealand.”
Sachin was a key part of the Indian side that had won the World Cup in the subcontinent in 2011. He was the man of the match in the semis against Pakistan.