India’s famous four face bleak Cup future

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 25, 2007 (AFP) – Indian batting
superstar Sachin Tendulkar may be the world’s leading one-day scorer,
but his dream of winning the World Cup is unlikely to be realised.

His future as a World Cup player appears uncertain after India were
pushed to the brink of elimination after suffering defeats against Sri
Lanka and Bangladesh in the four-team group here.

Ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble, and batsmen Sourav Ganguly and Rahul
Dravid also may not get a chance to win the Cup for India as all of them
are in their mid-30s and one more tournament will be one too many for
them.

Tendulkar turns 34 next month and may not be there when the Cup
arrives in the sub-continent in 2011. But he will be disappointed with
the way he performed in his fifth World Cup.

He hardly did justice to his stature in important group matches,
scoring seven against Bangladesh and a duck against Sri Lanka in a
must-win game.

His team expected a lot more from a batsman who was the highest
scorer in the 2003 edition in South Africa with 673 runs in 11 matches.

It is not yet certain whether Tendulkar will follow Pakistan skipper
Inzamam-ul-Haq and West Indies