• Tendulkar won’t ‘judge India after every game’

    Former captain Sachin Tendulkar isn’t perturbed by India’s World Cup warm-up fixture defeat to New Zealand at The Oval in London last week.

    India slumped to 179 all out – and later conceded half-centuries to New Zealand duo Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in Saturday’s six-wicket loss.

    ‘I will not judge the team after each and every game. It’s a tournament and things like these will happen,’ Tendulkar was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying.

    ‘The main tournament has not even started yet. I think we need to settle down, one or two games may go here and there.’

    India’s final warm-up match will be against Bangladesh in Cardiff, Wales, on Tuesday. Their campaign will start in earnest against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on 5 June.

    ‘India should make the most of the practice matches,’ added Tendulkar, the highest scorer in Test and one-day cricket.

    ‘They should understand what kind of surfaces they might get. I won’t panic at all as of now.’

    Tendulkar played in a record six World Cups from 1992 to 2011 – and boasts the tournament’s most runs. He scored 2278 in 44 innings at an average of 56.95, including six centuries and 15 half-tons.

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