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Tendulkar reveals he almost quit in 1997 after dismal West Indies show

Jul 5th 2020, 1:17 am
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Even the best in the world go through phases of self-doubt.
His fans may consider him infallible, but Sachin Tendulkar once felt powerless to arrest the slide the Indian team was in during his captaincy stint in the mid-nineties. 

The legend was so shell-shocked after a defeat on the 1997 tour of the West Indies that he contemplated giving up the game altogether. 

The much-admired former cricketer has given a peek into about what went through his mind during that period. 

Sachin Tendulkar retired on November 16, 2013, after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies in Mumbai

Sachin Tendulkar retired on November 16, https://icoach.tonez.uk/?document_srl=14125 2013, after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies in Mumbai

In his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way', the star tells how he blamed himself for Team India's defeats

In his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way', the star tells how he blamed himself for Team India's defeats

In his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way', Tendulkar wrote that he considered himself personally accountable for the team's problems. 

"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," the maestro recalls. 

"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," he reveals in the book, co-authored by Boria Majumdar. 

The match he refers to took place in Bridgetown, Barbados. After drawing the first two Tests, the Indians needed a mere 120 in the fourth innings to win the third. But the tourists were bowled out for 81. 

Talking about a controversial chapter in his long career, Tendulkar talks about the time when he was accused of ball tampering by match referee Mike Denness during the 2001 tour of South Africa. 

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