Former Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar divulged his abrupt decision to end his cricketing career after Team India’s early exit in 2007 World Cup was changed after West Indies great Sir Vivian Richards goaded him to continue further.
Tendulkar on June 2 conveyed that a 45-minute telephonic conversation with Richards made up his mind.
Tendulkar said, “I felt that was it. At that stage, a lot of things happening around Indian cricket were not at all healthy. We needed some changes and I felt if those things did not happen then I was going to quit cricket. I was almost 90 percent sure of quitting cricket. But my brother told me in 2011 there is World Cup final in Mumbai, can you imagine holding that beautiful trophy in your hand?”
Rahul Dravid led Team India had a poor outing in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in West Indies after it suffered defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stages.
The former Indian batting maestro added, “After that I went away to my farmhouse and that is when I got a call from Sir Viv, saying I know there is plenty of cricket left in you. We had a conversation for about 45 minutes and that was so heartwarming because when your batting hero calls you it means a lot. That was the moment things changed for me and from that moment onwards I also performed much much better.”