'Rather Than Giving 2 Free Points To Pak India Should Play & Defeat Them In World Cup': Sachin Tendulkar

| February 22 , 2019 , 19:32 IST

In the wake of the recent Pulwama attack, Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he would "hate" to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup as such a move would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event.

The Batting legend said, "India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament.” 

"The country has always come first for him and he would go with whatever is decided. "Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart," the legendary batsman added

Tendulkar endorsed Sunil Gavaskar's view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the June 16 tie in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

While the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for a complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on Thursday said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on June 16.

"Who wins if India decides against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan wins because they get two points," Gavaskar had told 'India Today'.

"India has so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don't advance in the competition," he had said.

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Earlier in the day, the BCCI officials refused to take a stand on boycotting India's match against Pakistan in the World Cup.

Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai told reporters that they will have a discussion with the government regarding the matter as the World Cup was still three months away.