World Cup will be our biggest gift to Tendulkar: Dhoni

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New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) As Sachin Tendulkar gears up toplay probably his last World Cup, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-ledIndian cricket team is desparate to make it a special one forhim by gifting the champion batsman the trophy which haseluded the side for 28 years.

In his two-decade long illustrious career, during whichhe has featured in five World Cups since 1992, Tendulkar hasvirtually every batting record under his belt but a worldtitle is the only trophy which is missing from his cupboard.

And Dhoni said his team will do whatever it takes to makeit a memorable tournament for Tendulkar, who is approaching38.

"We all love him (Tendulkar) a lot. Most probably it ishis last World Cup although we all want him to play many moreWorld Cups. But practically speaking it seems impossible,"Dhoni told reporters during a promotional event here.

"So, that (the World Cup trophy) can be the biggest giftfrom the team to him," he said.

"We believe in each others'' talent and we have a verygood team. The environment in the dressing room is very good.

And if we perform to our potential we have a very good chanceof winning (the World Cup)," Dhoni added.

Dhoni termed the 2007 inaugural World Twenty20 title inSouth Africa as the biggest achivement of his captaincy careerso far, but refused to make any predictions for the upcomingmega-event.

"It (World Twenty20 title) is the most memorable momentof my career since I made my debut in 2004 and it will alwaysbe there up in the league.

"But I don''t want to make any predictions for the (ODI)World Cup. I can only assure all that we will give our best.

We play one game at a time. So at present I am just thinkingabout the Bangladesh game (on February 19 in Dhaka)," he said.

Dhoni also hailed the format of this year''s World Cup andsaid it is a welcome change from the 2007 edition.

In this year''s World Cup, 14 teams are divided into twogroups of seven from where top four from each group willqualify for the quarter-finals unlike the 2007 edition, where16 teams first competed in a pool stage, then a "super 8"stage, followed by semi-finals and a final.

"It is a good format for us. It is a bit of relief from2007. Here even if you lose a few games you have a chance toget into the quarter-finals," Dhoni said.

"But it will be about playing consistent cricket. Whoeverplays consistent cricket in the tournament will get into theknockout stage," he added.

Four years ago in the West Indies, weighed down by thepressure of expectations, India crashed out of the World Cupat the preliminary stage but Dhoni insisted that the presentoutfit is well prepared to handle the burden in the upcomingevent. .

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