My World Cup statement was not aimed at Sachin Tendulkar, clarifies Sourav Ganguly
"He wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it," Ganguly had reportedly said.
Updated - Feb 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Reactions have been flying thick and fast ever since 40-plus CRPF personnel were martyred in a suicide terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. Many noted cricketers – current and former – were found revealing their extreme stands vis-à-vis Pakistan and that included not playing against them in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
One such individual is former India captain Sourav Ganguly who even went to the extent of asking India to sever all relations with Pakistan after a terror outfit based on its soil claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack.
Sachin Tendulkar, the legend who had played alongside Ganguly in Team India for several years, however, said he would hate to lose two points against Pakistan who India have always dominated in the showpiece event. Speaking on the same, the reports claimed that the Ganguly said, “He wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it.”
India and Pakistan will play against each other at the WC at Old Trafford on June 16. The arch-rivals have played each other six times in the World Cup with the Men in Blue winning all of them.
Ganguly, currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), took to Twitter on Sunday to clarify that his statement of “I want the World Cup” had nothing to do with what Tendulkar said and blamed a section of the media to pit his words against that of the Master Blaster. The 46-year-old also said that Tendulkar has been of his best friends for the last 25 years and will remain so.
A lot of people in the media is trying to put my statement against sachin s when I said “I want the World Cup”My response has got nothing to do with his statement, nor is my statement against his .. he is, has been and will be one of my best friends for last 25 years @sachin_rt
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 24, 2019
Ganguly and Tendulkar remain one of the best batting partners for India in ODI cricket and together scored nearly 30k runs in the variant with a cumulative 71 hundreds. Tendulkar earlier also added to his statement made over not forfeiting the game against Pakistan saying he would not hesitate to back the decision the country takes on playing the arch-rivals at the mega event.