India are one of the strong favourites in the upcoming World Twenty20 in March-April. Sachin Tendulkar backed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side to triumph in the showpiece event at home.
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, the Master Blaster said the current Twenty20 side is the most balanced in the world. “I think we have the best side in the world right now. In Twenty20s, the way we have played we are the most balanced team,” Tendulkar said. “We can go all the way to win the Twenty20 World Cup.”
Sachin is also excited about the upcoming cricket season. “I am generally excited with the Indian Premier League around the corner and before that the Twenty20 World Cup. Without any doubt, we want India to go all the way.”
India, the winners of the 2007 edition of the biennial event, have a brilliant chance to win the Cup at home. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side recently defeated Australia 3-0 in a Twenty20 away series.
In an earlier interview to NDTV, Tendulkar said the win over Australia would give the team lot of confidence.
“You see just the way Bumrah (Jaspreet) bowled in Australia was superb and then nice to have someone like Ashish Nehra back, Yuvi back in the squad, Harbhajan is there. All these guys. It’s a formidable combination. I would definitely want India to go all the way,” he said.
Tendulkar termed India’s recent show as ‘fabulous cricket. “The way we played T20 I think fabulous cricket and I actually ended up watching the last ball (of the final T20). I was out somewhere and had just got back, my wife and son were watching. They called me and said last ball to go and two runs to win. I said there is no doubt we are scoring those two runs and Raina hit that brilliant shot over point,” said Tendulkar.
“We have a very good chance. In Twenty20, I think the team is well balanced with senior members in the squad. Then there are youngsters and guys who been around for a while, and they all as a package have performed really well.”