India's early exit in 2007 World Cup in West Indies was disgraceful. Touted as one of the favourites, India faced a shock exit from the tournament after suffering defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The whole country mourned for the loss. The loss had hurt the Indian players then and Sachin Tendulkar even thought of retiring from cricket as there was no hope in continuing the game.
Sachin himself revealed that he thought quite seriously of retirement after the defeat and even stayed at his hotel for two days.
I was in no mood to do anything. It was such a massive disappointment that I didn’t feel like doing anything in those two days. It was tough to get that out of your mind and move on to the next tournament.Sachin Tendulkar to Mid-Day
Sachin was in depression and it wasn’t easy for him to retract from his retirement decision. The Indian cricketing legend later abandoned the thought after a call from his batting hero Viv Richards who reassured him that such moments are part of the game. He assured him that his country needed him and more cricket is left in him.
It makes a huge difference when your batting hero calls you. I always looked up to him and Sunil Gavaskar. Sir Viv’s call to me was made at the right time and I got convinced. I then said to myself, ‘Okay, I’m going to abandon these thoughts and start practising again as soon as I return to Mumbai. My brother Ajit spoke to me about the 2011 World Cup, telling me that this trophy can be in my hands. That was the motivating factor and I started chasing my World Cup dream. I trained at 5:30 am and practised in the afternoonsSachin Tendulkar
India, four years after, buried the disgraceful defeat by winning the World Cup in Wankhede, Mumbai and that was when Sachin was convinced of his earlier decision to quit the game was wrong.