Tendulkar says IPL has transformed Indian Cricket

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New Delhi: The golden man of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, said this Tuesday that the shifting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) venue wouldn’t really affect the Indian cricket; claiming that the IPL has transformed the way India looks at cricket.

The venue had to be changed because the IPL was clashing with the general elections.
At a Jaypee group organized event, Tendulkar stated that IPL is the first place where cricket players from around the globe are getting a chance to face off against one another. He said that it is also a fine opportunity for the younger players to interact with the players who have become veterans of the game.

He also however expressed his understanding of the disappointment that Indians are feeling due the IPL being shifted to Australia. He said that he was certain about the BCCI’s efforts to keep the shift from happening and did not feel that it (the shift) will have a negative impact on the IPL’s fame in India.

Tendulkar is the captain of the Mumbai Indians team and says that his team and he are ready for the competition.

Sachin expressed his confidence in the team saying that it is a well-balanced team with a healthy ratio of the young and the experienced. He named players like JP Duminy, Abhshek Nayar, Sanath Jaysuriya and said that he hopes that even this time his team’s accomplishments will impress everyone.
He informed everyone that Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock are advising the team, which has been practicing in South Africa since last month. The two superstars are apparently teaching Sachin’s team to get the best out of the local conditions.

When he was asked about the multiple captaincy of the Kolkata Knight Riders he said that he did not have anything he could say regarding having multiple captains but added that there are always several suggestions coming to a captain.

He declined to comment on it any further by saying that he was only interested in his own team, the Mumbai Indians.