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Tendulkar's plea to supporters

February 18, 2003 18:52 IST


Sachin Tendulkar made an extraordinary plea for support from enraged fans on Tuesday after savage criticism of the team's World Cup performances.

Tendulkar read out a brief statement to reporters, a day after an effigy of captain Sourav Ganguly was burnt in Kolkata. Teammate Mohammad Kaif's house was also pelted with black paint and oil in Allahabad.

Tendulkar said: "This is to all the well-wishers in India.

"I am here on behalf of the Indian cricket team...We ourselves are very disappointed with the kind of performances we have put up and I also understand the disappointment you have gone through.

"I am just here to assure all of you that we will be fighting in all the games until the last ball is bowled...so please continue to support us, as you have done in the past, which will surely help us."

India play Zimbabwe in a Group A match in Harare on Wednesday.

The 1983 champions, supposedly one of the best batting units in the world, beat the Netherlands in an unconvincing opening performance before being crushed by Australia by nine wickets on Saturday.

The team, who fuelled Indian hopes of World Cup success with a fine start to 2002, need to beat Zimbabwe to remain well placed to qualify for the Super Six stage.

In 1996, effigies of former captain Mohammad Azharuddin were burnt in Kolkata after the crowd rioted during the World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka.

The game was awarded to the Sri Lankans, who had huddled in the centre of the pitch as missiles were thrown on to the pitch and small fires started in the stands.

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Sub: Shame for Ganguly...

It's a shame that a Captain needs to take help of a team member and push him in front to comment on the future. Sachin ...

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Sub: i am with sachin

i am with sachin even though i m not satisfied with the performance still being an indian first ,i too agree with sachin. we should ...

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Sub: i am agree with Sachin!

its true that India's performance in World Cup is not very convincing but we need not have to panic! our team is capable of pulling ...

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Sub: Better toTal less.

We are all fed-up, with these repeated statements. Its time for the team to show positive results.

Posted by Subbu

Sub: Confidence

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.... Have the fighting spirit and the confidence.... All indians are behind the Indian team, nevertheless they ...

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