Live Cricket News: At the Wankhede in 2011, MS Dhoni hit a six to long-on to seal India’s World Cup victory over Sri Lanka. For all Indian fans, it was a moment to remember, as their team ended a 28-year wait to lift the cherished trophy. It was also the first time a team won the championship on their home turf.
Cut to the present day, and India has now been without a major trophy for nearly nine years, with the Champions Trophy victory in 2013 being their most recent major victory on the international stage. This April marks the 11th anniversary of India’s previous World Cup victory, and famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his desire to see the country add another trophy to its collection.
“In the month of April this year, we’ll complete 11 years of World Cup win. That’s a long wait. Everyone including me would love to see that trophy in BCCI’s cabinet. This is one trophy that all the cricketers play for. It doesn’t get any bigger than that… be it a shorter or longer format. World Cup is something special and that’s what I feel,” Tendulkar told veteran sports journalist Boria Majumdar on his YouTube show ‘Backstage with Boria’.
Over the last few months, there has been a change in leadership in Indian cricket. Virat Kohli is no longer the team’s captain in any format, thus it’s up to Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma to lead the squad ahead. Tendulkar praised the duo as well, noting that Dravid had played enough cricket to understand the “ups and downs” of the game.
“Rohit & Rahul is a fantastic pair. I know that guys would give their best shot and prepare to the best of their ability. You have so many people backing you. It’s all about having that support at the right time. Of course, everyone has played enough cricket. Rahul has played enough cricket to understand there are gonna be ups and downs along the way. Not to lose hope is the only thing. Keep trying and we will keep moving forward,” he further said.
The 3-0 loss in South Africa was a blow for Dravid, who was leading the senior team for the first time in his career. In the build-up to this year’s T20 World Cup, India will host West Indies for three One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals next month, where a fit-again Rohit will rejoin with Dravid.
India will begin their campaign on October 23 at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against Pakistan in a high-profile match. Rohit, 34, will represent the Indian team after being selected full-time limited-overs captain in December of last year.
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