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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
After World Cup loss in 2007 Sachin Tendulkar was in mood to quit cricket
Indian batting sensation and former captain, Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he was so heartbroken by India's first-round ouster in the 2007 World Cup that he thought of retiring from cricket.

The whole Team India, including Sachin Tendulkar, played miserably against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their group stage of the World Cup, held in the West Indies. Team India managed only one win in the group stage, that too against minnows Bermuda and therefore got out of the tournament.

The "Little Master" faced all round severe criticism for scoring seven and just a duck in the crucial matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, respectively.

In an interview given to Headlines Today, Tendulkar has said he had come close to retiring from cricket in 2007 but was somehow convinced by his elder brother Ajit against the very idea, who told him to continue playing to achieve his dream of winning the World Cup later in 2011 in India.

As reported by IBNLive.com, Tendulkar said, "I still remember (after) 2007 (World Cup) when I came back home, I was so depressed and so upset with the way we had performed. I actually thought of retiring then. I called my brother over, Ajit, and told him that I do not want to continue. The game has been cruel to us and I want to stop. That was when he said, 'Can you imagine in 2011 you are here at Wankhede stadium holding that beautiful trophy. That is when you should think of retiring'. That conversation really helped and it motivated me to go out and play with a purpose."

In 2011, India managed to beat Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai to materialize Tendulkar's dream.

The 41-year-old who has become an icon, scored 100 international hundreds in a career spanning 24 years. He admitted that he was superstitious throughout the tournament, stopping himself as well as his opening partner Virender Sehwag from stepping out of the dressing room during matches.

He added "I did cry when I went out in the middle after the victory. I did cry. This was the only time I had happy tears. Because that moment was just a priceless moment. That moment was something that you can only dream off."

Giving credit to his associates, he defined,  "Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, they were all fired up for the tournament."

The former batsman recalled how the Indian team had progressed since their defeat in 2007 World Cup. He said, "We had started playing really good cricket and wanted to take that momentum into the World Cup and we finished really well,"

Sharing his experience in matches against Pakistan, Tendulkar admitted playing the traditional rivals put additional pressure on the team. He elaborated, "It is a different atmosphere altogether. A game with Pakistan is not about pressure only on that day. In 2003, when we had to play Pakistan at Centurion, my friends had started talking about it a good 10 months ago. And they wanted us to win that match. Of course, we do not think that way."

Recalling his dearest Cup memory, Tendulkar admitted nothing came close to that moment when he lifted the World Cup in his hands. He concluded, "It was not my trophy, it was our trophy, it was the nation's trophy".

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