Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar shocked the cricket bosses by resigning as captain in the middle of a Test series against South Africa and stayed on only after his wife had intervened.
Former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele, in his newly-published book, `I Was There - Memoirs of a Cricket Administrator`, writes that Tendulkar`s unsuccessful stint as captain had left him so disappointed that the iconic batsman did not even wait for the 1999-2000 South Africa series to get over before resigning.
"In 1999-2000, there was a two-Test match series and an ODI series against South Africa in India. The first Test was in Mumbai, and South Africa won it comfortably in three days! There was all-round criticism of the Indian team, especially Sachin`s captaincy. He was very upset and nervous. At the end of the second day, it was very clear that India would lose the match by a big margin.”
"In the evening, Sachin handed over a letter to me. To my shock, it was his resignation letter as captain! I was stunned! It was very embarrassing. One Test match of the series was about to end and the second and last match was scheduled to start within a few days in Bangalore. Even if he felt humiliated or guilty, he should have waited till the conclusion of the Test series and then resigned.”
"I tried to convince him but he felt enough was enough. He appeared mentally tired and wanted to quit. It was a very difficult situation," writes Lele.
Lele said he sought intervention of the then BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur and former all-rounder Ravi Shastri and and after they too failed, he approached Tendulkar`s wife Anjali before the cricketer relented.