‘India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka’ are favourties to win the 2015 World Cup, says Sachin Tendulkar

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Tendulkar is hoping Dhoni can pull off back-to-back World Cup triumphs

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he believes “India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka” are favourites to win the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Tendulkar conceded that he was “partial towards India” since he wanted to see captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni win back-to-back World Cups.

“Along with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also good sides,” Tendulkar said. “I am partial towards India and want them to do well. That would be really exciting. It will give so much happiness to the entire nation.

“That is something I would want, along with a billion plus people who will also be expecting the same thing to happen.”

Tendulkar, who retired from ODI cricket in December 2012, holds the record for the most runs scored in the format with 18,426.

He also tops the list for the most runs scored in the history of the World Cup with 2,278.

The ‘Little Master’ added that he hopes the Indian team can adjust to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand in almost no time at all.

“Well I think most of our guys have been to Australia,” he said. “They know what to expect, they have played there already.”

However, Tendulkar admitted that conditions in New Zealand were much harder to get accustomed to in comparison with Australia.

“I remember our match in Dunedin, where it was extremely cold and windy,” he recalled. “Whenever a batsman hit the ball with the wind, it would travel 10 yards further, but when we had to play against the wind, the ball travelled 10 yards less!

“As there is a tour to New Zealand planned in early 2014, it should give them good exposure to the conditions there.”

India are in Pool B for the World Cup, which also includes arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and another nation which is yet to be decided.

India will start off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15.

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