Team India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in a nail-biting closing to usher a brand new period within the recreation. T20 went on changing into one of the crucial fashionable codecs within the years to return. Many imagine that one of many largest causes for India’s victory within the inaugural version of T20 World Cup was the absence of senior gamers.
Veterans like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly have been damage with workforce’s disastrous first-round exit from the 50-over World Cup in West Indies a couple of months again. Sceptical concerning the format and it is affect, the trio determined to take their names out and allowed a younger Indian aspect to take part within the showpiece event. The Indian aspect left for South African shores with former India cricketer Lalchand Rajput being the workforce supervisor.
Rajput lately revealed that it was Dravid – who was the captain of the Indian aspect then – satisfied the likes of Tendulkar and Ganguly to step apart.
Talking to Sportskeeda, Rajput mentioned: “Yes, it is true (Rahul Dravid stopping Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly from playing the 2007 T20 World Cup). Rahul Dravid was the captain in England and some players came directly from England to Johannesburg (for the T20 World Cup) so they said let’s give an opportunity to the youngsters.”
Rajput additionally narrated what was Tendulkar’s response after the Dhoni-led aspect received the title. “But after winning the World Cup they must have repented it because Sachin always kept on telling me that I am playing for so many years and I have still not won the World Cup,” he added.
However, 4 years later, Dhoni guided India to one more world cup win which was the 2011 WC and Tendulkar was part of that aspect and his dream to raise the much-elusive trophy lastly got here true.
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