MS Dhoni and his boys may have dedicated their World Cup campaign to Sachin Tendulkar, but for former Australia skipper Steve Waugh it's a "wrong attitude" to have. "If you win the Cup, it should be dedicated to the team, to the country, and not to one single member," says Waugh. "I'm sure, even Sachin wouldn't want it that way."
The 1999 World Cup winning captain is also upfront in saying Tendulkar isn't likely to be the star of the tourney. "He'll have a crucial role to play, even though he may not be the star of the World Cup. Nonetheless, his experience will be valuable."
Waugh feels the question mark on Australia's ability to justify their No.1 ranking is a result of the way they have lost rather than the losses themselves. "That Australia lost the Ashes 1-3 was definitely disappointing, but the manner in which they were defeated was shocking," he says. But Waugh still believes the Aussies are the ones to beat. "The team has guys who have done it in big matches, Ponting has lifted two World Cups," says Waugh, adding that Australia picking "more bowlers than any team" shows their aggressive approach.
Though Waugh thinks it's great to be in Dhoni's position with such a team, it'll be big matches that will test the character of the team. "Once India get to that final, it'll be seen if they can make it," he says.
Waugh believes the World Cup will decide if the 50-over game will survive. "This event should re-ignite the passion for ODIs." The last World Cup had 16 teams while this edition has 14. Asked how this augurs for the growing sport, the Aussie great says it's time the number of teams in the showpiece event are increased.
Waugh dismisses reports that he's considering coaching India after Gary Kirsten's term ends. "A mentor's job is fine, but I'm not eager to be India's coach now," he says.