Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman in World Cup history: Allan Border

Delhi: Oct 18, 2014

Allan Border, the former Australia captain, agreed that Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman in World Cup history. Tendulkar has impressive statistics at the World Cup. In 1996 and in 2003, he was the leading run-scorer in the tournament and in 2011, when India won, he was in the top five.

Speaking at an event organised by Aaj Tak-Headlines Today, Border said, “Yes, Sachin has been the most consistent. It is easy to have off period but with a busy schedule it is great to have such numbers.”

Ricky Ponting, who won two World Cups as captain for Australia, said about that run, “I am very proud of the fact that we were able to sustain success for long periods of time. We had two very good teams and what stood out was just how much individual senior players wanted to make himself better. Watching Waugh, Mcgrath and others who pushed themselves to get better was the reason behind the team’s better performance.

Steve Waugh, Ponting’s predecessor said, “We had the attitude of not becoming complacent. We were at No 1 but the second one was always chasing us. We didn’t want to drop below the standards. We knew if we became complacent someone will replace us. We wanted to capitalise on the momentum.”