Sachin Tendulkar had once said, when he goes out to bat, he seeks nothing but the “zone”, not a sporting but a spiritual calling for which he would surrender to his natural instincts. "My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. It's been trained to react for years,” he said.
Tendulkar’s magic combination of ingenuity, intuition and perhaps even muscle memory – is what has made him one of the greatest athletes in history.
Channeling this genius in TV punditry, Tendulkar continues to be prolific as ever as he unravels the mysteries of the zone that is cricket. Like always, his subconscious mind still manages to predict everything on point and his latest prophecies on the ongoing World Cup is proof.
More than a month ago, Tendulkar in an interview with Espn Cricinfo had predicted the teams who he thought would qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup.
“India, England, Australia should be in the semis. The fourth could be one of New Zealand or Pakistan,” the batting maestro had said, when he was asked about his favourites to reach the final four.
His predictions for the tournament that have come to be true and accurate to the last detail, have left even Shashi Tharoor astounded. The Congress MP re-plugged Master Blaster’s interview on his Facebook and said, “Just read the last answer of @sachin_rt’s interview BEFORE the World Amazing! Does this man know his cricket or not!??”
Earlier, the 46-year-old had also said he was sure of Team India qualifying to the semi-finals, as he believed that they had a well-balanced squad.
“We have a balanced team which can go out and do something special. The whole team has to chip in, there will be some performers (in different situations, who must say) ‘this is my game; I am batting well or bowling well’. Support is needed from the other end also,” the Master Blaster had said, while speaking with Hindustan Times.
As mentioned above, the fourth and final team who will qualify for the semi-finals will be revealed on Friday, based on the outcome of the Pakistan-Bangladesh game. If Pakistan win by a huge and rather unrealistic margin, they may reach the knockouts or else it will be the Kiwis who book their place in the final four.