Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, has described the first match of the World Cup 2015 of India with Pakistan as a bigger challenge than playing even in the final. The Little Master or Master Blaster, as he is commonly referred, has said in an interview with Headlines Today news channel that a match between India and Pakistan is high pressure game, and referred to the semi-final match between these two countries in 2011 at Mohali, India, in which he contributed 85 runs that proved decisive.
India, the last World Cup champion, begins its World Cup 2015 campaign with the match against Pakistan on Sunday, 15th
Tendulkar who bid adieu to international cricket, participated in six World Cups, and emerged as a prolific batsman in the annals of the tournament having scored 2278 runs in 45 matches that he played. He amassed 482 runs in the 2011 World Cup which India won, and 673 runs in 2003 in which India finished as the runner-up to Australia. He had scored 523 runs in 1996 when India reached semifinal stage. He was man of the series in the 2003 edition of the World Cup, and the match is best remembered for his swashbuckling 98 in 75 balls with a six in the third man region off the Pakistani fast bowler Shoab Akhtar
A game against Pakistan is not limited to the day of the match, but it permeates the thought of cricket fans for months together. An India-Pakistan match is not an ordinary match, neither for players nor for audiences. With bated breath fans await the D-day.