I think the first one would be the Barbados Test match which I was captaining and we had a golden opportunity to win that Test. We were chasing 120 and we were not able to chase it. The wicket was a little uneven and that was a huge disappointment.
Then the Johannesburg Test match in South Africa in 96’ or 97’ that I was captaining, where we were on our way to winning the match. But it rained for almost 3 hours, which was again a huge disappointment. We needed only 2-3 wickets and we were not able to achieve that.
You come so close to winning and it’s obstructed by weather, which you have no control over and you can’t do anything about! At one point, we were prepared to go out and bowl even if it was going to drizzle. Yes, we wanted to win, but you can’t always fight nature.
After the 2003 World Cup final, it was not so pleasant to receive the Man of the Series award. We got so close to winning that tournament. We played so well, we picked up our game brilliantly, coming so close to winning and not achieving our target was a big disappointment, and ultimately to go receive a trophy in that frame of mind...
I forgot to mention my 136 against Pakistan when I did not get the Man of the Match award which was disappointing. The 2007 World Cup was also a big disappointment. We had a wonderful squad but were unable to put it out. Bangladesh turned the tables. Sri Lanka played well. Apart from all these instances, the ultimate achievement in my life is bagging the World Cup in India, and that too in my home ground! It can't be bigger than that.
Image: India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar is seen dejected after his team lost as he holds his trophy for Man of the Tournament 23 March 2003 at the final of the ICC World Cup , at the Wanderers Cricket grounds in Johannesburg.