Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiring

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar revealed on Sunday that a 45-minute-long phone call from Vivian Richards helped him reverse his decision on retirement as early as 2007.Tendulkar, India’s batting hero, faced quite a lot of criticism after the team’s early exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Sachin Tendulkar managed just 64 runs in 3 matches as India were knocked out after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stages.Speaking at India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2019, Tendulkar revealed he was almost 90 percent certain about quitting cricket in 2007 but his brother’s advice and Viv Ricahards’ phone call changed it all.Tendulkar went on with his career and eventually lifted the World Cup trophy in front of the home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2011.”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 changes 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?” Tendulkar said in London.”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,” Tendulkar added.advertisementAlso See:last_img