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Sachin Tendulkar revealed winning the World Cup was the pinnacle of his careerReuters

It is impossible to forget that wonderful swing of the blade from MS Dhoni which sent the ball soaring for a six and clinched India the World Cup title, with the following scenes witnessing Sachin Tendulkar being carried around the Wankhede Stadium by his teammates as the great little man finally realised his dream.

Four years ago, India and Tendulkar, India's greatest cricketing son, achieved the incredible feat of lifting the World Cup title for the first time since their 1983 triumph and as far as the great man himself is concerned nothing else comes close in terms of sheer joy in his glittering career.

"I did cry when I went out in the middle, I did cry," Tendulkar told Headlines Today recalling that glorious moment. "This was the only time I had happy tears, because that moment was just a priceless moment.

"That moment was something that you can only dream off.

"Playing in India, on the home ground. The Indian team celebrated with lots of champagne as their families, friends and fans also joined in the dressing room that night.

"It was not my trophy, it was our trophy, it was the nation's trophy."

Four years later India will attempt to defend the World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand, but concerns have already risen over the team's capability to do just that with the Men in Blue suffering one defeat after another.

The bowling continues to struggle, while the batsmen have not quite found their groove yet either; but such is the format of the World Cup that, you have time to get back your form, with the most important aspect being playing the big games well – i.e. the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final.

Tendulkar believes the successful India team from 2011 also struggled in a similar manner earlier on -- to piece together proper performances, even if they were playing at home, and that they found the right zone at just the right time.

"We didn't start off as well. We were either not bowling well or battling well," added the India batting legend. "Put together as a package we were not clicking.

"If we batted well, we did not bowl well and if we bowled well, batting was not up to the mark. We started peaking at the right time and both started becoming a formidable package. Obviously, we fielded well also."

Conditions for this World Cup, though, will be completely different, but even if the bowlers are expected to come into it more, Tendulkar believes it will be the batsmen who dictate the proceedings, especially with only four fielders now allowed outside the circle in ODI cricket.

"This edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 introduces the new rule of five fielders in the 30-yard circle, something that I have never experienced during my career," Tendulkar wrote in his column for the ICC's official website.

"For players struggling with form, the additional fielder in the circle will pose a challenge as rotating the strike will be tougher.

"But at the same time, as a batsman let me say that if we have two in-form batsmen at the crease ... then, God help the bowlers!"

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