Sachin Tendulkar has admitted that the 2007 World Cup was the lowest phase for Indian cricket but added that the downfall has resulted in the rise of the current team. Tendulkar explained that the changes that followed the debacle were instrumental in securing the 2011 World Cup for India at home.
The 2007 World Cup was one that every Indian fan has tried to erase from their memories. The team was placed in Group B with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bermuda. Before winning the match against Bermuda, Bangladesh team already handed Team India a defeat and a humiliating 198-run loss to Sri Lanka in the last game resulted in India's exit in the group stage. Tendulkar admitted that it was the bad phase for Indian cricket as they failed to cross the initial hurdle.
"I think 2006-07 we were possibly our lowest (phase). We didn't qualify for the Super 8 stage of the 2007 World Cup. But we got back from there and started fresh thinking, we started moving in a new direction," the right-handed batsman recalled at a programme as reported by PTI.
"We had to make a lot of changes. And once we had planned what we had to achieve as a team, we were committed to it and the results followed," he added.
The BCCI made a host of changes and under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, the Indian team exacted revenge on the Sri Lankan team in the final of 2011 World Cup. Tendulkar was the second highest scorer in the tournament with 482 runs which included two centuries and two half-centuries.
"We had to change a lot of things. Whether they were right or wrong we didn't know. The change did not happen overnight. We had to wait for results. In fact it took me 21 years of my career to lift that beautiful World Cup trophy," said Tendulkar.