Team India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in a nail-biting closing to usher a brand new period within the sport. T20 went on changing into one of the vital fashionable codecs within the years to return. Many consider 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 had been harm with staff’s disastrous first-round exit from the 50-over World Cup in West Indies just a few months again. Sceptical concerning the format and it is affect, the trio determined to take their names out and allowed a younger Indian facet to take part within the showpiece event. The Indian facet left for South African shores with former India cricketer Lalchand Rajput being the staff supervisor.
Rajput just lately revealed that it was Dravid – who was the captain of the Indian facet then – satisfied the likes of Tendulkar and Ganguly to step apart.
Talking to Sportskeeda, Rajput stated: “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 facet gained 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 facet and his dream to carry the much-elusive trophy lastly got here true.
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