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Gary Kirsten, who became the head coach of India in 2008, has given a shocking statement on the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s career. He had revealed that when he took charge of the team, Sachin was planning to end his career because he was not enjoying the game.
Before Gary Kirsten took the job, Greg Chappell guided the team between 2005 and 2007, which were the most controversial years in India’s history. Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the team, and even the team’s spirit was gone under Chappell’s coaching.
As per Kirsten, Sachin Tendulkar wanted to give up the game when he took over the head coach role in 2008. The Master Blaster told Kirsten that he was out of form and not enjoying his cricket. However, after three years, he built several records and also lifted the World Cup trophy.
“If I think of Sachin Tendulkar at that time, where he was when I arrived in India … he wanted to give up the game. According to him, he was batting out of position, he wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all. Three years later, he scores 18 international hundreds in three years, goes back to batting where he wants to bat, and we win the World Cup,” Gary Kirsten said.
The 2007 year was not best for Sachin Tendulkar because he was given the role of batting at No. 4 in ODIs while he was best when he opened the innings.
But during Gary Kirsten’s reign, Sachin got his place back at the opening position and went on to build records. He scored the maiden ODI double century in 2010. He also played a significant role in World Cup 2011 triumph.
Sachin retired as the highest international century gatherer, scoring 100 centuries across the formats. He also registered over 20,000 runs in his 22-year long career.