Arguably, the greatest batter that the cricket world will ever witness, Sachin Tendulkar, joined in to wish a young Indian U17 football team all the best for their upcoming U17 FIFA World Cup campaign in India.India begin their campaign against a strong USA on Friday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
On this occasion, Tendulkar tweeted his wishes for the team: “My best wishes to the @IndianFootball U-17 team for the World Cup! Enjoy your game & chase your dreams because dreams do come true! @FIFAcom.”
Even in his playing days, the former Indian captain inspired millions in the sub-continent, and inspired them to pick a bat and play cricket. The 44-year-old now has uploaded a video message on social networking site, Twitter, where he talked about the importance of not only performing well on the field, but also prove it to the football world that India is also capable of hosting football tournaments of the highest level.
“From tomorrow, the U-17 World Cup will be played in India. It is a big moment for all of us. The kind of response the tournament has garnered, it is simply incredible. I am very happy about it. But here, India have a great opportunity to prove something on and off the field.
Off the field we need to show that we are good hosts and how we have responded to such a big tournament and on the field how tough a opposition we are to play against.
I am so sure that the boys are going to go there and give their best. Come on India. Dikha do. All the very best boys,” Tendulkar spoke in his video message.
The great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013, and is widely regarded as the best batsman to play the game. He has more international runs across all formats than any player in the history of cricket, and it is highly improbable that anyone will come near his records.