Tendulkar still haunted by 2007 WC debacle

Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:49 [IST]
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Sachin still haunted by 2007 WC debacle

Mumbai: 2007 World Cup debacle is still haunting Sachin Tendulkar, he considers it as the worst moment of his career and is particularly piqued by the five-wicket loss to minnows Bangladesh in the opening match at Port of Spain.

However, batting maestro is determined to make up for that humiliating debacle at the next edition in 2011.

India could not make it to the Super Eights stage of the event in the West Indies, losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

''We did not play the way we were expected to. It's not that the players did not try enough. We tried our best but there are days when things don't go your way and it was one of those days,'' Tendulkar said. ''Touchwood, my body is holding up nicely. Of course I'm looking forward to the 2011 World Cup and by God's grace, we should be able to achieve what we want to achieve,'' he added.

Sachin blamed the batting order for India's disappointing performance in the West Indies.

In 2007 world cup, Sachin was forced to bat at number four instead of his favourite opening spot, a decision which also played a crucial role in India's early ouster from the prestigious event.

''I felt our batting order was not right. It was a big tournament and we had a fantastic team,'' Tendulkar stated.

Everything looked well set but I felt our batting order was not right. This was one of the reasons,'' he told a news channel.

However, the Mumbai player refused to disclose the dressing room details and also prefers not to point fingers at then coach Greg Chappel.

''I would not go into the details, for I believe what happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room. ''But of course, things could have been different,'' Tendulkar said.


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