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​Tendulkar expects ICC World Twenty20 2016 to be a grand success

The tournament is set to be the greatest ICC World Twenty20 so far says the legendary Indian batsman

28 February 2016 13:48

Sachin Tendulkar expects the ICC World Twenty20 2016 to be a grand success considering the huge fan following for cricket in India. The ICC World T20 2016 will be hosted across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3, and Tendulkar believes the global tournament’s popularity will “push all boundaries and limitations.”

“There are going to be millions of eyeballs not only in India but all across the world,” said Tendulkar. “The kind of response you get from all parts in India when it comes to cricket, it’s simply fabulous. I’m sure with the experience that the players across the world have had playing IPL, it’s going to go a notch bigger than that.”

One of Tendulkar’s favourite moments in the history of the tournament is India’s victory in the inaugural edition in 2007, where it beat Pakistan by five runs to clinch its first major trophy since the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

“One favourite moment without any doubt has to be 2007 World T20 in South Africa,” said Tendulkar. “Nobody knew what to expect from that tournament, and to be able to win the first tournament itself. It was a closely fought match and eventually that beautiful trophy came back home.”

Yuvraj Singh hitting Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the group stage match in Durban in 2007 is also one of Tendulkar’s fond memories. But the excitement of the bowl-out between India and Pakistan in the same edition would probably remain unmatched.

India beat Pakistan in a bowl-out after its Group D game ended in a tie in Durban. India rode on Robin Uthappa’s 39-ball 50 to post 141 for 9 after being put in. Chasing the total, Pakistan made a late charge, thanks to Misbah-ul-Haq’s half-century, to finish on 141 for 7. In the bowl-out, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa were on target for India, but none of Pakistan’s players could find the target as Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi were off the mark.

“Nobody realised which way the game was going and suddenly there was tie,” recalled Tendulkar. “And then there was a bowl-out which had never happened before. That was so exciting to watch.”