Wednesday 2 October 2013 

Tendulkar Predicts Another Asian World Cup Win

Sachin Tendulkar holding the World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar believes India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are among the favourites to win the 2015 World Cup
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500 days out from the World Cup
Children from North Shore Cricket Club during celebrations to mark 500 days to go until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Auckland’s Takapuna Beach
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Sachin Tendulkar believes that an Asian team will win the World Cup for the fifth time when it is held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

India (1983 and 2011), Pakistan (1992) and Sri Lanka (1996) have already achieved the feat and Tendulkar is already backing one of those three to win again.

Tendulkar became the first man Javed Miandad to play in six World Cups when he helped India lift the title on home soil two years ago.

500 days out from the World Cup getting underway on 14 February 2015, Tendulkar said:

"Along with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also good sides. 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 also believes that the conditions in Australia and New Zealand will hold little surprises for the Indian team as many of them will have travelled to Australia and the team tours New Zealand this winter.

"Well I think most of our guys have been to Australia. They know what to expect, (as) they have played there already," he added.

In 1992, Tendulkar played in a World Cup match against New Zealand in Dunedin, a game he recalls fondly.

"I remember our match in Dunedin, where it was extremely cold and windy. 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 will play Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, a qualifier, West Indies and Zimbabwe in Pool A of the competition.

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