Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sachin Tendulkar is hoping to lead India to become the world top ranked ODI team
Tendulkar is keen on bettering his form, having scored his 44th ODI ton last week to set up a victory in the Compaq Cup final against Sri Lanka in Colombo. India’s best performance in the Champions Trophy was finishing as joint winners in 2002 alongside hosts Sri Lanka. We’ve been working towards it. If you look at our performances in the last couple of years, it has been terrific. We definitely have the ability; the spirit, the desire and the hunger to get there (number one team). Playing cricket for India means the world to me. I grew up dreaming about playing cricket for India. I am living my dream.
Sachin Tendulkar is hoping he can mark his 20-year anniversary in international cricket by leading India to become the world’s top ranked ODI team. Tendulkar made his India debut as a 16-year-old against Pakistan in November 1989, since setting many batting records, including Test and One-day aggregates and hundreds.
The MS Dhoni-led Indian side enter the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa next week as one of the favorites to win the title, after staying unbeaten in ODI series over the last 12 months. They are third in the rankings, just one rating point behind defending champions Australia and hosts South Africa going into the premier eight-team event.