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Thought about retirement after 2007 World Cup, Says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin says, I never thought we would lose to Bangladesh.

By Nilabh Aole -

Indian team entered into the Touted ICC World Cup 2007 in West Indies as favorites but the Men in Blue, unfortunately, didn’t even reached the second stage of the tournament.  India suffered shocking losses against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and as a result of that Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar had started to think about retirement.

During an interview to Mid-day, Tendulkar revealed, "We were in the West Indies for two days after we lost, but I didn't leave my hotel room after we lost. I was in no mood to do anything. It was such a massive disappointment that I didn't feel like doing anything in those two days. It was tough to get that out of your mind and move on to the next tournament."

In the tournament opener, the Indian team suffered a loss against Bangladesh; they come back strongly against Bermuda but the Sri Lankan team defeated the Indian team in their final league stage to crash out of the world cup on March 23, 2007.

Talking about the loss, Sachin said, "I would call it (March 23, 2007) one of my worst days in cricket. When you feel you win and end up losing, you are bound to feel terrible. Like the Johannesburg Test (in 1997) when we had to get South Africa out but it rained, the Barbados Test (in 1997) when I was captain and the 1996 World Cup semi-final loss to Sri Lanka.”

He further elaborated, "There are such instances when you feel really terrible. The 2007 World Cup was obviously not good for us. The first blow was the loss to Bangladesh and then we lost to Sri Lanka. I never thought we would lose to Bangladesh. We were not over-confident, but you do feel confident about India beating Bangladesh. It was one of those uncertainties of the game."

The batting maestro was very depressed after the tournament but a call from his batting hero Viv Richards settled his nerves. He said, "I was away when I got a call from Sir Viv Richards. He spoke to me for around 45 minutes — about the ups and downs in cricket. He stressed that I have plenty of cricket left in me and said, 'You are not going to retire now.' He had heard from a friend of ours that I was really depressed to a point that I was literally thinking of retiring. He told me that it's only a matter of time that I get back so don't take any decision now.”

Sachin concluded, "It makes a huge difference when your batting hero calls you. I always looked up to him and Sunil Gavaskar. Sir Viv's call to me was made at the right time and I got convinced. I then said to myself, 'Okay, I'm going to abandon these thoughts and start practicing again as soon as I return to Mumbai. My brother Ajit spoke to me about the 2011 World Cup, telling me that this trophy can be in my hands. That was the motivating factor and I started chasing my World Cup dream. I trained at 5:30 am and practiced in the afternoons.”

India took the revenge from Sri Lanka four years later in an enormous fashion when they lifted the World Cup trophy in front of Indian fans and defeated the Lankans at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011 final to become world champions in the ODI format for the second time in their cricketing history.

 

Nilabh Aole

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