“Behind every successful man, there is a woman”, they say and when we talk about the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, this phrase fits perfectly.
Sachin Tendulkar, who is fondly called as the ‘God’ of cricket in India, is one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. During his glorious career, claimed almost every record that is there to be taken in international cricket before he decided to hang his boots from international cricket.
Though. the cricketer has always been a legend but there was a phase in his ‘awe-inspiring’ career when the legendary batsman felt devastated with the results of team India under his captaincy. He was so heartbroken that he wanted to quit the sport.
Yes, you read that right. In his auto-biography ‘Playing it my way’, Sachin Tendulkar has opened up about the dark days he survived during his career. He talked about his captaincy period, a phase which is considered as a debacle in his inspiring career.
Once during an interview, Sachin had shared the exclusive excerpts of the book and revealed:
“I hated losing and as captain of the team I felt responsible for the string of miserable performances. More worryingly, I did not know how I could turn it around, as I was already trying my absolute best,”
“I confided in (wife) Anjali that I feared there was nothing more that I could do to stem the tide of defeats. Losing a string of very close matches had left me badly scarred. I had given it everything and was not sure that I could give even 0.1 per cent more. …It was hurting me badly and it took me a long time to come to terms with these failures. I even contemplated moving away from the sport completely, as it seemed nothing was going my way,”
For the unversed, it was in the year 1997 when Sachin Tendulkar led team was touring the West Indies. After drawing the opening two Tests, the Indian team seemed to be heading for a victory in the third game on a mere chase of 120 rns. However, in an inexplicable disaster, the team India was bowled out for 81 runs with only VVS Laxman managing to score in double-digit.
Later on, after a series of debacle, Sachin Tendulkar was left heartbroken and devastated. It were some combined words of encouragement from the legendary bowling duo — Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, who calmed Sachin.
“Anjali, as usual, managed to put things in perspective and assured me that things would surely get better in the months to come. Looking back, it was just frustration getting the better of me,”
Sachin Tendulkar got better and bounced back in the game and the rest is history. He retired with a mammoth 15,921 runs from 200 Tests and 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs, and with many-many records under his name.