Sachin Tendulkar fell out of love with cricket and wanted to retire following the 2007 World Cup, says former India coach Gary Kirsten.
India were widely fancied to win the tournament in West Indies but failed to progress to the Super 8 stage after losing two of their three group matches.
Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in World Cup history, contributed just 64 runs during the 2007 campaign and ‘wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all’ in the aftermath of the tournament, according to Kirsten.
Former South Africa batsman Kirsten was appointed India coach in December 2018 and has explained how he ‘facilitated an environment’ for Tendulkar to thrive.
Having rediscovered his zest for the sport, Tendulkar went on to play for India for another four years, helping India win the World Cup at home in 2011 and finishing his career with more than 34,000 runs and 100 centuries.
‘If I think of Sachin at that time, where he was when I arrived in India… he wanted to five us the game,’ Kirsten told talkSPORT’s Following On podcast.
‘He thought he was batting out of position, he wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all. And then he scores 18 international hundreds in three years, goes back to batting where he wants to bat, and we win the World Cup.
‘For me, all I did was facilitate an environment for him to thrive. I didn’t tell him anything.
‘He knew the game, but what he did need was an environment – not only him, all of them – an environment set up where they could be the best version of themselves.’
Kirsten, 52, was announced as the coach of Cardiff-based franchise Welsh Fire for the ECB’s new competition The Hundred, which will begin next summer having been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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