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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 February, 2003, 18:32 GMT

Imran praises Tendulkar
By Imran Khan
The former Pakistan captain speaks to BBC Urdu

Sunday's victory over Namibia shows when it comes to the crunch India can perform.

After poor batting displays in their first three matches at the World Cup, it must have been a relief for India to see at least two of their batsmen score heavily.

Perhaps the best thing that could have happened for them was the return to form of Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin is a match winner and I think his 152 against Namibia underlined what a great player he is.

I'm sure with Sachin on a high, the rest of the Indian batsmen will follow suit soon and join him in the free run-scoring.

It was also good to see Sourav Ganguly sweep aside the recent problems he has personally experienced on and off the field, by scoring a majestic ton.

It was a far cry from the performance against Australia, where he looked under-pressure and out of sorts.

I realise both Tendulkar and Ganguly made big innings against a minnow like Namibia - but whichever team you score a ton against can only but help increase confidence.

When a batsman comes back to form he develops an uncanny knack of staying at the crease.

India will be hoping that rule applies to both Tendulkar and Ganguly for future matches.





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