Mumbai: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident that the massive load of expectations won't bog down Sachin Tendulkar when India take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday "Since he made his debut in 1989, the whole of India have been expecting things from him. So it is nothing new to him," said Dhoni.
"God has made him play cricket. He has been doing that for the past 21 years and will be there a few more years to come. Sachin will have a good night's sleep and do well," the captain assured. (Watch)
Dhoni probably based his comments on perfect practice Tendulkar indulges in before every match. "Every time Sachin turns up for practice, you find him giving his hundred per cent. Whenever he comes on to the field, he arrives with a purpose. Till it (problem) gets resolved, he will not leave the field," Dhoni said on Friday.
"More often, with the kind of talent he has got, he makes sure that in two hours everything falls into place. I think the attitude has not changed for the last 21 years." Tendulkar has 99 international centuries to his name, 51 in Tests and 48 in ODIs. A World Cup is the one title missing in his trophy-filled cupboard.
"I always think about going on the field and giving your best because you can't control the result. What you can control is how you prepare for the game. "If you prepare well, definitely you can get runs and make your team win. There is no point in thinking about milestones. He has achieved a lot and doesn't need to prove anything, added Dhoni." Meanwhile, Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar expressed confidence that his ward would win the World Cup for India.
"God has made him play cricket. He has been doing that for the past 21 years and will be there a few more years to come. Sachin will have a good night's sleep and do well," the captain assured.
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