Just playing for Tendulkar won''t get India the WC: Waugh

New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) Former Australia captain SteveWaugh does not believe in the refrain that the Indian cricketteam should win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar, sayingthat a side cannot go on to lift the coveted trophy playingfor just one person.

"I think that is not the right approach. You can''t winthe World Cup playing for just one person. You play for theteam, for the country. The game is bigger than anyindividual," Waugh said here today.

Tendulkar, playing in his sixth and probably the lastWorld Cup, holds almost every conceivable record in anillustrious career spanning over two decades, but the onlything missing from his impressive portfolio is the covetedtrophy.

Waugh said that India are definitely one of thefavourites and if the team does win, it will cap off a greatcareer for Tendulkar.

The country has its hopes pinned on the champion batsman,and Waugh believed that Tendulkar''s role will be crucial intricky situations.

"Tendulkar may not be the star of the tournament but heis going to play key roles in crucial moments," he said.

In the capital to launch PlayUp, an interactive skillbased gaming product, Waugh said the forthcoming tournamentis likely to give the 50-over format a fresh lease of life.

"This could reinvigorate the 50-over game. This couldreignite the passion among fans, and what better place thanIndia to lift the game," Waugh, who led Australia to the titlein 1999, said.

Many have said that India, seeking to break a 28-year-oldjinx, would be under a lot of pressure playing in front ofhome crowd but Waugh said the team, especially skipperMahendra Singh Dhoni, should "embrace" the pressure.

"Pressure is a good thing and as a captain it''s a greatthing that Dhoni is under pressure. India and Dhoni shouldembrace it," Waugh, who will be associated with the Australiancontingent during the 2012 London Olympics, said.

Dew has always been a factor during day-night matches inthe sub-continent and Waugh, having played in this part of theworld on numerous occasions, is no stranger to that.

"Dew will play a major factor and toss too, from thequarter-final stage, will be crucial," he said.

Waugh said it''s important to peak at the right time in atournament like World Cup.

"It''s important to carry the momentum. Don''t read toomuch into the first few games'' results," he said. .

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