Sachin: 'This Indian team is going to dominate the world'

Speaking at the Madras Motor Race Track here in the outskirts of the city, Tendulkar said, "I have always believed in this team. Long time ago I had said that this team is going to play together for a long long time to come and dominate world cricket."

Sachin Tendulkar with Mick Schumacher at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai on Sunday.   -  Dipak Ragav

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on the current Indian team, which has had a stellar run in Test cricket over the last two years.

Speaking at the Madras Motor Race Track here in the outskirts of the city, Tendulkar said, “I have always believed in this team. Long time ago I had said that this team is going to play together for a long long time to come and dominate world cricket.”

The team has been unbeaten in its last 19 Tests, a new record, and will look to continue the run through the four-Test series against Australia starting Thursday.

The Indian cricketing legend also credited the presence of genuine all-rounders that has helped the team reach the top of the ICC Test rankings.

“We have some amazing players. It is the right balance of having good all-rounders. There are batters who can bowl and bowlers who can bat. There are two wicketkeepers (Wriddhiman Saha and Parthiv Patel) who have gone out and scored runs.

"To be able to do that, it changes the balance of the team. We are seeing the results. It is all about preparation. Results always follow preparation and the preparation has been good. I am enjoying the way guys have played."

When asked if the current team under Virat Kohli can be called the best Indian side, Tendulkar said, “I think each era and generation played cricket differently and there were different styles of play. So for this generation I would say it’s a fabulous achievement.

"But when it comes to comparison, I don’t think we should pick a team from ’50s, 70s and 80s and start comparing. Each generation played in different era and that should be respected. We should enjoy what these guys are doing and must extend full support."