Favourites plan World Cup send-off for world’s greatest batsman

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Sachin Tendulkar has been one of the greatest adverts for Cricket over the past 22 years, and it would be a fitting end to his career should India win the Cricket World Cup.

India will host the Cricket World Cup along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and if you couple home advantage with number one status, it’s understandable why India are the 7/2 favourites to win the World Cup.

With 17,629 one-day international runs to his name, almost 4,000 more than any other player, Tendulkar will undoubtedly be one of the stars of the tournament.

But the 37-year-old has never won a World Cup in his 21 years as a ODI batsman, and in what will be his last ever Cricket World Cup, the Indian squad are determined to win the title for the man they call the ‘little master’.

We want him to play maybe one or two more like every Indian but practically speaking you know it would be his last World Cup,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“So that can be the biggest gift from the team to him. We will try to give it our best shot and make it the best World Cup.”

Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup which they co-hosted with Pakistan and India, and with a nation behind them, India are certainly the most tempting bet in this year’s Cricket World Cup betting market.

India are 7/4 to top Group B, a group which includes South Africa (9/4 to top Group B), England (9/4), West indies (7/1), Bangladesh (25/1), Ireland (250/1) and Holland (500/1).

South Africa won the recent ODI series with India 3-2 on their home soil, but on Indian soil the South African’s will find it much tougher and with England struggling in Australia, India are the team to beat in Group B.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.