Play for India to win World Cup, not for Tendulkar: Waugh

Friday, February 11, 2011

NEW DELHI - Australia’s cricket great Steve Waugh says Indian players should not be talking of winning the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar because that’s not the “right attitude,” as the game is bigger than any individual.

“They should think of winning the World Cup for the team, most importantly for the country,” said Waugh on the sidelines of a event here Friday when asked what he thought of many Indian players parroting that they want to win the World Cup for Tendulkar.

“I don’t think it is the right attitude. You cannot think of winning the World Cup for one player. The game is bigger than any individual. You have to win it for each other. I am sure that even Sachin Tendulkar will like to win it for the team and the country. Yes, if India win the World Cup it will cap off a brilliant career,” said the former Australia captain.

Waugh said Tendulkar would play a crucial role in the tournament.

“Tendulkar may not be the star of the tournament, but he is going to play a crucial for India. When you need to take control of the game or stop the opposition, he would play a major part. His inputs will be invaluable.”

Tendulkar, who will be playing in his sixth World Cup, came close to winning it in 2003 when India lost the final.

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