Sachin backing India
Sachin Tendulkar is supremely confident India can retain their World Twenty20 title in England.
Last Updated: 28/05/09 11:41am
Sachin Tendulkar is supremely confident India can retain their World Twenty20 title in England, saying they are the 'most well-balanced' team in the world.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni led a young Indian team to victory in South Africa two years ago, and led to the huge popularity of the format and the introduction of the Indian Premier League.
Batting legend Tendulkar does not play in Twenty20 internationals, but even without the record-breaker in their side, India are still the team to beat.
"India is the most balanced side in the world and there is no doubt we can defend the title," Tendulkar told the DNA newspaper.
"We have very good cricketers in our side and we have proved that this combination is the deadliest."
Tendulkar picked out India's five-man pace attack as particularly dangerous, especially given the seaming conditions in England.
"It is on par with the best," Tendulkar added. "Zaheer, Ishant, Rudra Pratap Singh form a lethal combination, particularly in English conditions.
"Our seam attack has a lot of variety and that would come handy in such conditions. On our day, we can demolish any batting side.
"We come as a package. I am certain this package is the best in business at the moment. This package has everything which is necessary to make us world champions once again."
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni heads a team that faces Bangladesh and Ireland in Group A of the second World Twenty20 tournament, starting on June 5.
"The best part is that our team can take any amount of pressure and still perform," Tendulkar added.
"Team India actually thrives on pressure. So I would like to put my money on India."