Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has spilled a few beans in his recently-released biopic, ‘ Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ and one of them is how he warned the BCCI officials of the Indian team being not in ‘great shape’ before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
The former India batsman mentioned that controversial coach Greg Chappell, who coached India for two tumultuous years from 2005, had made several big changes in the batting lineup which according to the batsman were unnecessary.
“A number of senior players disagreed with the manner in which Chappell was handling our side. Just before a month from the World Cup, he made drastic changes in the batting order that affected everyone in the side. And, they were not needed. Other teams had been practising according to their plans and strategies for the past one year then. But we were still experimenting with our side,” Tendulkar narrated in the movie.
India had to pay a huge price for making too many changes just before the World Cup, as they were eliminated in the group stage after losing games to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
“We were there as a team but weren’t a team. I had even told a Board official that the team wasn’t in great shape. I had never thought that we could lose a match against Bangladesh,” Tendulkar further added.
Tendulkar also revealed that he contemplated quitting the game twice after the disastrous campaign in the Caribbeans before changing his mind after being persuaded by West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards.
Anjali Tendulkar, Sachin’s wife, also admitted that it was a tough time for the whole family to cope with all the demonstration and protests. The opportunist media had sharpened its knives as soon as the players landed in the country while the furious public pelted stones at cricketers’ homes.
“Everywhere people were demonstrating and protesting against the manner in which the team had suffered the exit. I had to relentlessly explain to Arjun and Sara that they might have to hear a number of things in school from their fellow batchmates but they shouldn’t pay heed to it,” she said.