Vastavam web: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today said the triumphant Indian U-19 side stood out from the rest of their competitors in the just-concluded World Cup.”The way they have prepared themselves, physically, mentally, their planning and the execution was on top. That’s why it was evident that the Indian team stood out from the rest of the competitors,” Tendulkar said, after flagging off the Kolkata Full Marathon here this morning.India had all their bases covered with the bowlers’ bouncing back to dismiss Australia for 216 from 183/4 in the 40th over. The highly-rated batting completed the job with conviction as India chased down the modest target in 38.5 overs.
“Credit to BCCI for giving them the infrastructure. In the last 15 years, playing has changed, standard of fielding has changed. It’s all because of better infrastructure and ground maintenance. It reflects on the field.” Tendulkar also lauded the contribution of chief coach Rahul Dravid and the other members of support staff.Meanwhile, while addressing an event organised by Kolkata police, Tendulkar said that he had always felt secure while playing matches here.
“We always felt secure coming to Kolkata and playing cricket. I have got some amazing memories, all those things were possible because you took care of the crowd and made us feel secure,” he said in his address at the Kolkata Police Sports 2017-18 at Alipore Bodyguard Lines.”It’s a bit like driving. The driver feels secure but safe driving is actually when the passenger feels safe. Here Kolkata Police are the drivers and we are the passengers. So we feel safe and secure when you are around.” “So here I would expect all of you to compete hard but to compete fair. It is a special feeling when you see women power there. I want to wish you all the very best,” he said.
Sharing the dais with legendary footballer PK Banerjee, Tendulkar said: “It’s truly an honour for me. He’s someone who has inspired many many generations to take up sport and do something special. If we had not had such heroes, things would not have been the same.”