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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

World Cup 2011 - Sachin Tendulkar's sixth sojourn

Sachin Tendulkar has had mixed experiences at the Cricket World Cup so far in the previous five editions. The emotions have varied from one range to the other - in summary,

  • 1992 World Cup - Excitement at appearing in the first World Cup as a promising youngster only to come down to earth after a not-so-great performance by the team.
  • 1996 World Cup - Realized what the  Pressure of playing a World Cup at home would feel like. This time, it will be his second at home and he will be all the more wiser. He should be able to transfer the learnings of this Cup to the youngsters in the team so that they can avoid the same traps. 
  • 1999 World Cup - Emotional venture at the Cup. His performance was impacted by his father's death, though he did well after travelling back to England.   
  • 2003 World Cup - Individual delight at being the highest run-getter once again, contributing to the team's mission to the final of the Cup. That India faltered at the final hurdle was more heart-breaking than the previous instances.
  • 2007 World Cup - Disastrous mission overall. Neither the team nor the players enjoyed the stint.
This edition, it looks like he will play it for the final time most likely. He will play it as one of the senior-most players across all the teams. The pressure on him will be less as the Indian team has many match-winners in their lineup. Still, the burden on one single man will still be enormous. 

Will he be lucky this time?  What is your view? Will he be able to combine his individual brilliances and his team's mission to be on top on the 2nd of April?

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