Since the creation of the game, the cricketing world has witnessed many legendary and phenomenal players who have steered the game to another level with their remarkable skills and temperament. One such unique and exclusive talent is former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who has contributed a lot to Indian cricket as well as world cricket.
In a fabulous journey which started long way back in November 1989, the Master Blaster has played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, amassing a remarkable tally of 15,921 and 21,367 runs respectively. He is the only batter on the planet to reach the astonishing milestone of 100 international hundreds.
India had endured one of the World Cup campaigns in 2007, the edition which was played in West Indies. They had lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stages and failed to make it to the next stage. It was also one of the worst phases of the Indian cricket as the senior players were not pleased with the head coach Greg Chappell. During the same time, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar pondered over retiring from the game. But the man has revealed now how Vivian Richards’ phone call changed his mind.
The master blaster batted out of his usual position in that tournament in the middle-order and struggled completely to make an impact. Tendulkar only managed to muster 64 runs out of which 57 runs had come against the minnows Bermuda. He scored only seven runs against Bangladesh and then bagged a duck in the Sri Lanka game. He was extremely disappointed much like the other cricketers.
There is plenty of cricket left in you
Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking at an event organised by India Today, recalled his conversation with Viv Richards and how the legendary cricketer convinced him to not quit and keep on playing the game. “After that (speaking to Ajit) 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 said.