The Indian Super League (ISL) has the potential to give major football leagues and tournaments from around the globe a run for their money, according to cricket legend Sachin Tendulker.
Nicknamed “the little master”, Tendulker bowed out from the world of cricket in October last year but remains ever active in contributing to sports in India as he won the bid to co-own the ISL franchise Kerala Blasters, a side which homes former England goalkeeper David James as both coach and marquee player.
Speaking at the launch of his autobiography “Playing It My Way” at Lord’s cricket ground on Friday, the 41 year old former cricketer gushed about how the ISL is igniting a flame that was subdued all this time due to the popularity of cricket in the sub-continent, “football is definitely not as big as cricket in India but I see it getting really big in time to come.”
The former cricketer also added how positive the response has been so far since the inception of the league this October, “the response for the ISL has been incredible. People want to support football and football players in India and make it a big sport.”
“Internationally the sport is really, really big. India has all the potential to make football as big as anywhere else in the world. But it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to require a mega effort.”
While this is only the inaugural season of the ISL, it has stirred the interest of international football media as the league hosts some big names from Europe including Robert Pires, Luis Garcia and Alessandro Del Piero.