Sachin belabors Greg Chappell's decisions in his film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams'

Sachin belabors Greg Chappell’s decisions in his film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’

Sachin Tendulkar's biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' released today

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Greg Chappell. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ the biopic focuses on master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s life and times. It takes the audience down the memory lane and helps them recall the wonderful memories and joys they have cherished over the years for which the credit goes to Sachin. Most details of the master’s life are shown in the film, starting from his childhood to his retirement.

The film has touched everything, including Sachin’s romance with wife Anjali and his relation with elder brother Ajit. Now coming to the lows of his career, the film has bashed former Indian coach Greg Chappell. Sachin did not share a very sound relation with the Aussie. The film recalls Chappell’s decision to change the batting order of Indian team, which led to their terrible performance in the World Cup 2007.

Greg shifted Sachin down the order, which was not to the liking of the master blaster. Sachin recalled in the film “We were preparing for the last one year and suddenly one month before the World Cup, Chappell made all the changes which definitely affected us. The team was not in the right spirit going into the World Cup. I had told this clearly to the BCCI officials before we left for the West Indies.”

This is not the first time that Sachin has bashed Greg, as his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ had some harsh words for Chappell as well.

Sachin asked BCCI to keep Chappell back in India

Being a senior player, Sachin was concerned about the insecurities of other players. “I suggested to the BCCI that the best option would be to keep Greg back in India and not send him with the team to the World Cup. That is not what happened, of course, and the 2007 campaign ended in disaster,” wrote Sachin in his book.

He revealed that he felt like a criminal when he came back to India after a dismal 2007 World Cup. “I had 40 commandos below my house and four commandos inside my house,” revealed Sachin. His wife said that he hardly used to go out during that phase of his career. It was such massive a setback that Sachin decied to announce his retirement from International cricket.

But the West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards called him and confronted him. Elder brother Ajit also gave him courage. “Richards told me there is still a lot of cricket left in me and I should not give up at this time. Ajit said it would be perfect to win the World Cup in Mumbai and I knew that would be my last chance to achieve my dream. I started training in right earnest towards achieving it,” Sachin says in the movie.

India won the World Cup 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by defeating Sri Lanka. It was a fitting tribute to the master for his contributions as it was his last World Cup.