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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Tendulkar's heart-touching appeal: Fans must support Indian team during tough times
The god of cricket, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday made an appeal that fans must stand by the Indian team during the World Cup since there will surely be tough times and obstacles in their title defense.

While speaking at an MRF event, as reported by ToI, he said, "Obviously you want them to go out and thrash the opposition and win each and every match but that is not possible. Sometimes you have to accept defeat and that can also be a learning experience in a tournament like World Cup."

He added, "There are going to be difficult moments, there are going to be obstacles along the way but not just the team, if you all are together, it becomes inspiring for the players to move forward, knowing that the nation is not sitting on top of the head but the nation is moving ahead along with it. I would urge everyone to support our team. Earlier I batted for India on the field, now I continue to bat for India off the field. Something that really matters to a sportsman is genuine support and that is what I would like to extend."

After having been participated in six editions of the World Cup, it will be a new experience for Sachin Tendulkar to not to be a part of it.

He said, "Being a World Cup ambassador is truly an honour and it has happened for the second time. Last time I was ambassador and we played the 2011 World Cup and I was actually part of it. This time I am not. I am really looking forward to this experience because this is the first time that I won't be playing. It's a new experience for me."

Remembering good old days and his journey with the World Cup Title, he said, "World Cup journey started for me in 1983. I watched India win an excellent finals against West Indies and then Kapil paaji holding that beautiful trophy in the balcony of Lords. The next experience which was even greater, I was a ball boy at the Wankhede stadium and I got to see all the superstars of Indian cricket from a close vicinity. And then to become an ambassador of 2011 and 2015 World Cup it feels like I have done a full circle."

Tendulkar, who said good bye to international cricket in November 2013, was part of India's World Cup-winning squad in 2011. Nobody can forget the moment when his team mates carried the Master Blaster on their shoulders at the Wankhede Stadium.

Keeping in view the selfless services rendered by Tendulkar for a period of 24 glorious years, it has become the noble duty of each and every fan of the game to give a through consideration to the appeal made by the Master blaster and to extend full support to Team India. This is a question of nation's pride after all.

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