World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar warns batsmen of one 'strong' factor

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Dubai, Feb 11: For the batsmen set to take strike at ICC World Cup 2015, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has warned about one "strong" factor which could unsettle them in New Zealand.

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Tendulkar, the leading run scorer in World Cup history and also One Day Internationals, has told batsmen to beware of windy conditions in New Zealand. (List of commentators)

File photo of Sachin playing in a World Cup match

This year's World Cup is being jointly hosted by New Zealand Australia from February 14 to March 29. "In New Zealand, batsmen will have to beware of the windy conditions due to the geographical locations of some of the venues," Tendulkar wrote on International Cricket Council's (ICC) website on Wednesday.

"The wind sometimes can be strong enough to seriously affect a batsman's timing, playing against the wind your back lift is faster but the down-swing is considerably slow, while the ball is coming on faster - and vice-versa from the other end," he added. (God help the bowlers: Sachin)

Tendulkar said New Zealand holds a "special place" for him as far as his cricketing career goes.

"New Zealand also holds a special place as it was in Auckland (1994) that I started opening the batting in One Day Internationals, a position I enjoyed throughout my career," Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, said.

There are 7 venues in New Zealand which will host World Cup matches. The opening match will be held in Christchurch, between the co-hosts and Sri Lanka.

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