Sachin Tendulkar believes Team India can raise its game a few notches in upcoming ties
Melbourne: Impressed with India's dominating performance in the World Cup so far but not completely satisfied with it, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said that the team can raise its game a few notches higher.
Sachin Tendulkar addresses the media at the MCG on Sunday
India are comfortably perched atop Pool 'B' after two straight wins against Pakistan and South Africa respectively and Tendulkar feels it's "so far so good". "So far whatever I have seen we have concretised that spot. It looks very bright. I am happy but I am not satisfied. I want the team to continue doing this," Tendulkar told Headlines Today after India's 130-run win against South Africa on Sunday.
Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's 137 runs India posted 307-7 against one of the most potent bowling attacks and then bundled out the Proteas for 177 in 40.2 overs. Tendulkar feels that the boys can still raise their bar.
"I had said earlier that they can bat better, because I know their talent, I know their capability. And we batted beautifully yesterday. The finish could have been better but at no stage we felt that we were short of ideas and at no stage it looked as if the South Africans have tied us down. We were prepared to hang in there also prepared for that chance to put the loose ball away and we did so," he said.
Team India celebrate their win over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side still has a long way to go in the 14-team event and Tendulkar said that "well begun is only half done". "In a big tournament like this, you start well which is relieving, because you gain that momentum and you try and win as many matches as possible and you continue," said the legendary batsman.
"It is a habit, when you start playing good cricket you believe you can win from any difficult situation. And when you are not winning, you feel even when you are winning and a few runs away you think what if you lose a few quick wickets," he concluded.
India's average run-rate in last five overs in their two matches
Indian cricket team's sudden breaks from training session may have raised a few eyebrows but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's theory got firm backing from Sachin Tendulkar, who feels that an ideal balance needs to be struck between "staying fresh and not over burdening with additional practice".
Tendulkar, who was here on Sunday, to watch the India versus South Africa as ICC's World Cup 'Brand Ambassador' aired his views on key to success in the mega event.
"To have same successful combination going all the way is going to be key," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in an audio released in ICC's official Media Zone.