added that Australia does not have enough depth in their bowling department compared to their past © IANS
Sachin Tendulkar added that Australia does not have enough depth in their bowling department compared to their past © IANS

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has called India, Australia, South Africa and England as the teams which are most likely to reach the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Tendulkar added that England is one team which has the potential to make things difficult for India the most if we compare them to the other three. The legendary batsman added that Australia does not have enough depth in their bowling department compared to their past. He said their excellent batting makes up for it making them a really tough team to beat. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, Group 2 Match 13 at Nagpur

In a conversation with Aaj Tak he said, “Australia may not have that depth in bowling as they had earlier but is still decent. The batting is very good which makes them a good side. South Africa may have not done well in crunch matches but they have AB de Villiers.” Talking of the English team he said, “England is a very good side with fine T20 players. I love their bowling attack. Someone like Moeen Ali, who I feel is a cerebral spinner, who knows what he is bowling. It’s not that he justs lands the ball and gets wickets, he uses effective strategy. Also they have a leg-spinner Adil Rasheed, who can be effective if he can be a bit slower through the air rather than pushing the ball. Although India are not scared of anyone, England can be a team that can cause some worry,” READ: Sachin Tendulkar says MS Dhoni’s form bodes well for India ahead of ICC World T20 2016

He praised India captain MS Dhoni, “No player in the world has ever been in good form throughout his life as he is not a machine. When I heard the sound of the ball meeting Dhoni’s bat, I felt that it was a different sound. That was the sound that tells you that the batsman is in different mindset. The biggest asset of Dhoni is his ability to absorb the pressure which has made him a good captain. He has matured over the years. He does not show even when he is tense which is a good sign. Often a captain who is short-tempered or nervous can create panic among ranks which is not the case with Dhoni.” India team in ICC T20 World Cup 2016, Preview: Hosts look for 2007 encore

Tendulkar also gave his opinion on other Indian players like Yuvraj Singh and Jasprit Bumrah, “During Asia Cup, I found his minddset changing, which is good for India. Again, like Dhoni, that feel of the bat hitting the ball was important for me but the most important thing has been Yuvi’s footwork. As far as the ‘game Changer’ is concerned, I feel Jasprit Bumrah can be that man for India in the World T20. He has a deceptive action and may look slow but hits the bat harder than you can think.” Sachin Tendulkar told me during IPL that I will play for India soon: Hardik Pandya

Tendulkar talked about a few strengths that the Indian team has, “The biggest strength in our team is that there is no predictable pattern in our team strategy. We have seen Yuvraj and Dhoni being shuffled in the batting order. Similarly, Ashwin [Ravichandran] has opened the bowling for India. The balance in our side is fantastic. So I feel, in terms of celebrations, April 3, 2016 in Kolkata will not be different from April 2, 2011.” Sachin Tendulkar my favourite Indian: Rio Ferdinand

Ashish [Nehra] has bowled brilliantly. It’s important to get a good start and Bumrah has followed up brilliantly. So this good start given by the duo has also helped Hardik Pandya, who comes in after that. The spinners have been great. Both Ashwin and Jadeja [Ravindra] have done well and Harbhajan [Singh] also did well in the chance that he got.”

Master blaster said that New Zealand will miss the services of Brendon McCullum, “Having McCullum used to be a great advantage for them. He played fearless brand of cricket which is essential. He could hit the first ball of a match for six. They will miss McCullum.”