‘Sachin Tendulkar wanted to give up the game in 2007’: Gary Kirsten
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Published: June 17, 2020 8:49:12 pm


Sachin Tendulkar scored 19 a whole bunch beneath Gary Kirsten’s teaching tenure. (Source: Reuters)

Gary Kirsten, India’s World Cup-winning coach, lately opened up on how Sachin Tendulkar had expressed his need to retire from worldwide cricket in 2007.

The former South Africa opener revealed that Tendulkar didn’t really feel comfy batting out of place earlier than he took over as the head coach of the nationwide staff. The ‘Master Blaster’ had batted at No. three and No. 4 in 2007 earlier than finally reverting to his pure opening spot later that yr.

Upon Kirsten’s appointment in March 2008, Tendulkar discovered inside himself a late flourish and went on to rating 2149 runs in ODIs between 2008 and 2011 with seven centuries. In 2010, he turned the first batsman ever to hit a double century in an ODI for which he went on to be named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

“I ended up having a great coaching journey with him. If I think of Sachin at the time, where he was when I arrived in India… he wanted to give up the game,” Kirsten mentioned on ‘The Cricket Collective, a talkSPORT podcast.

“According to him, he was batting out of position. He wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all. And then he scores 19 international hundreds in three years… goes back to batting where he wants to bat and we won the World Cup.”

Kirsten indicated that in his time as head coach, he simply focussed on guaranteeing Tendulkar discovered the proper form of ambiance.

“For me, all I did was facilitate the environment for him to thrive. I didn’t have to tell him anything… he knew the game. What he did need was an environment… not only him but everyone… an environment where they can be the best versions of themselves,” mentioned the 52-year-old.

Tendulkar completed his ODI profession with a report 18,426 runs, together with 49 a whole bunch and 96 fifties. In Test cricket, he scored 15,921 runs, together with 51 a whole bunch and 68 fifties.

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