Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday recalled what he thinks was the lowest point in Indian cricket. “I think 2006-07 we were possibly [at] lowest [phase]. We didn’t qualify for the Super 8 stage of the 2007 World Cup,” the God of Cricket was quoted as saying by agencies.
The highest run-getter in ODI cricket, Tendulkar said the Indian team went through many changes after the early exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and their mistakes helped them find their way. “But we got back from there and started fresh thinking, we started moving in a new direction,” he added.
Tendulkar was talking about the phase during which Sourav Ganguly’s fallout with coach Greg Chappell took place. This remains one of the worst captain-coach rifts in the sport.
“We had to make a lot of changes. And once we had planned what we had to achieve as a team, we were committed to it and the results followed,” added Tendulkar.
In the 2007 World Cup, India lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stages under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy. “We had to change a lot of things. Whether they were right or wrong we didn’t know. The change did not happen overnight. We had to wait for results. In fact it took me 21 years of my career to lift that beautiful World Cup trophy,” said Tendulkar.
However, the same year, India won the inaugural T20 World Cup under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. As for the ODI World Cup, India had to wait for another 28 years after 1983 to lift the coveted trophy. India beat Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium to lift their second World Cup title.