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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I hope India win the World Cup for Tendulkar: Ojha

Kolkata, Feb 2 (PTI) With World Cup Trophy being themissing feather from Sachin Tendulkar''s dazzling cap, left-armspinner Pragyan Ojha hopes that the tournament favouritesIndia will do it this time as a special tribute to themilestone man.

For 37-year-old Tendulkar, who has scored more than32,000 runs and 97 centuries in international cricket, it willbe in all probability his last chance to lift the Cup.

"I will follow the Indian side. My best wishes are withthe team. I hope we win the Cup for Sachin paji. I pray thatwe do it for him. His contribution to Indian cricket isimmense, with World Cup being the only missing feather fromhis cap," the Hyderabad spinner told PTI from Visakhapatnam.

"What can I say more about the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Anything said or written about him will be very less. I willkeep it with that," added Ojha, who could not make it to the15-member World Cup squad and is currently playing in theDuleep Trophy final between North Zone and South Zone.

Emphasising that India are the firm favourites to win thetrophy, the South Zone spinner said, "We are the favouritesand well prepared for the tournament. We have an excellentside with the likes of Dhoni bhai, Yuvi bhai, Bhajji paji,Yusuf, Raina, and others, who can change the course of thegame at any point of time.

"We have got a lot of match-winners in the side. We havesome outstanding crickters and we would not have to depend onanyone in particular. The whole team is like a force. We havea great chance to win the World Cup," said the 24-year-old,adding that playing at home would also be a big advantage.

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