New Zealand coach Gary Stead said he hoped Sachin Tendulkar would pass on his regards after the India great wished MS Dhoni a "happy birthday and all the very best for the next two games" ahead of their World Cup semi-final.
Dhoni, still India's wicketkeeper and captain when a side featuring Tendulkar won the 2011 World Cup final, turned 38 on 7 July.
Tendulkar took to Twitter to pass on his best wishes but the implication of his remarks was that India would beat New Zealand in Tuesday's semi-final at Old Trafford and go on to face either hosts England or reigning champions Australia in the 14 July final at Lord's.
"Wish you a happy birthday @msdhoni! Have a great year. All the very best for the next two games," Tendulkar tweeted.
Stead, asked what he thought of Tendulkar's words, told reporters ahead of a New Zealand training session at Old Trafford on Sunday:
"“I’m sure he would do that. I didn’t know that but hopefully we have a ‘birthday’ coming up and he wishes one of our guys it too.”"
New Zealand finished fourth in the 10-team group stage and only edged out Pakistan from a place in the knockout stages on net run-rate.
They also come into Tuesday's match having lost their last three games – against Pakistan, Australia and England.
But Stead, who saw his side's group match against India in Nottingham on 13 June washed out without a ball bowled, was unconcerned by the fact few gave New Zealand much of a chance.
"I hope everyone thinks that. I'm not spending a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking, whether we should be here or not," he said.
"India are a quality team. There's no doubt they've got match-winners right throughout their line-up.
"Hopefully you'll see what Kiwis are made of out there as well, that 'no die' attitude and I guess stand up when we need to."
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