Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar said here Tuesday that Indian cricket had possibly touched its lowest ebb leading up to the 2007 World Cup before recovering to move in a new direction.
The iconic batsman pointed out that the Indian cricket team witnessed a lot of changes after the first round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and the move eventually reaped huge dividends.
“I think 2006-07 we were possibly (at) lowest (phase). We didn’t qualify for the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup. But we got back from there and started fresh thinking, we started moving in a new direction,” the right-handed batsman recalled at a programme here.
It was the phase during which Greg Chappell was at the helm as India coach, perhaps the most turbulent tenure in Indian cricket marred by his public fallout with Sourav Ganguly and some of the other senior Indian players.
“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,” Tendulkar informed.
“We had to change a lot of things. Whether they were right or wrong we didn’t know when we made them. 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,” added Tendulkar.
Press trust of India