Dubai, Jan 24: Sir Vivian Richards has said he was disappointed to see the West Indies bow out of ICC World Cup 2011 in the quarter-final stage but was very pleased that Sachin Tendulkar lifted the trophy at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Richards, who won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, said he felt a "different sentiment" for the tournament in 2011 because of Tendulkar. (Richards on Kapil's famous catch)
"In 2011, the ICC Cricket World Cup was hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It was a different format and West Indies lost to Pakistan in the quarter-final. It is always disappointing when your team loses. But I felt a different sentiment for that tournament, for India cricket, because at that time Sachin Tendulkar was just starting to think about retirement," Richards wrote on International Cricket Council's (ICC) website.
"I believed that an individual who has given so much, not just to India cricket but also to world cricket, he deserved to have some silverware on his mantelpiece," he added.
He further wrote, "I felt that it was the best opportunity for India to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. And I was very pleased for this batsman who was so good at what he did, that when his career finished, he had something to show for his hard work and commitment. He was a magnificent player and winning the World Cup at home was an icing on the cake for Sachin."
Tendulkar featured in a record 6 World Cups, from 1992 to 2011. He holds the record for most runs in the tournament's history with over 2,000 runs. He retired from international cricket in 2013.
India defeated Sri Lanka in the final to win 2011 World Cup. This year's competition will be held in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.