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Headlines like 'Endulkar' hurt me deeply: Sachin Tendulkar

Cricketnext Staff | November 4, 2014, 1:05 PM IST

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' is eagerly awaited by cricket fraternity and fans, especially after the revelations about former India coach Greg Chappell made in the excerpts released to media on Monday.

It's not a secret that the Chappell era, which included the embarrassing first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, was one of the most gloomy chapters in Indian cricket, and Tendulkar was not untouched by that sorrow, to the extent that he event contemplated retiring after the early flight back home.

Headlines like 'Endulkar' made their way on national news dailies, and India's greatest cricketer writes that it "hurt deeply".

"After we returned to India, the media followed me back home and it hurt when I heard my own people doubting the commitment of the players. The media had every right to criticize us for failing, but to say we were not focused on the job was not fair," Sachin writes.

"We had failed to fulfil the expectations of the fans, but that did not mean we should be labelled traitors. At times the reaction was surprisingly hostile and some of the players were worried about their safety.

"Headlines like 'Endulkar' hurt deeply. After eighteen years in international cricket, it was tough to see things come to this and retirement crossed my mind. My family and friends like Sanjay Nayak did all they could to cheer me up and after a week I decided to do something about it. I started to do some running, to try to sweat the World Cup out of my head.

Sachin, as is in the public domain now, blamed Chappell's attitude towards seniors as one of the reasons for India's poor show in the 2007 edition of the World Cup

"In my opinion, Indian cricket benefited significantly when the BCCI decided to end Chappell's tenure in April 2007. Several of our senior players were relieved to see him go, which was hardly surprising because, for reasons hard to comprehend, he had not treated them particularly fairly.

"Chappell seemed intent on dropping all the older players and in the process damaged the harmony of the side.

Sachin has revealed that Chappell came to his Bandra house before the World Cup, suggesting he should replace Rahul Dravid as captain. After that, as written in the autobiography, Sachin even asked the BCCI to not send Chappell with the team to the World Cup.

"A few days after Greg had come to my house, I suggested to the BCCI that the best option would be to keep Greg back in India and not send him with the team to the World Cup. I also said that we as senior players could take control of the side and keep the team together. That's not what happened, of course, and the 2007 campaign ended in disaster."

(Excerpted with permission from Hachette India. Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way releases' worldwide on 6th November 2014.)

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