India have a good chance of retaining the World Cup, says Sachin Tendulkar

"India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title"

“India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title”

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Iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes that the national team have a good chance of retaining the World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand.

Tendulkar’s comments come after India bounced back to win the ODI series 3-1 after being thrashed by the same margin in the recent Test series.

“India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title. It is a well balanced side and is tough to beat,” Tendulkar told the Hindu. “It is a versatile ODI team. There is depth in batting and variety in bowling. And the fielding has been brilliant.

“If you look at batting, there is a good mix of the right and the left-handers.¬†When a right-left combination is at the crease, it becomes a lot harder for the bowlers. They have to find the right line. In bowling, the Indians have been bowling well in partnerships. There are some good pace and spin options at different stages of the innings.”

Tendulkar added that he was confident the national team would recover from their embarrassing and humiliating Test defeat.

“I know the cricketers in this Indian team,” he said. “I know what they are capable of. This team will come back in Tests. I want to look at things with a positive mindset.

“Look at the way the Indians have come back in the one-day series. The team has shown a lot of fight.”

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