Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at the Giants International Awards in Mumbai, on Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Sachin vs ‘Ringmaster’ Chappell: Captain Dravid Remains Cautious as Ever

A day after Sachin Tendulkar slammed former India coach Greg Chappell as ‘ringmaster’ claiming that he had been suggested to take over India’s captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, the response from the other two was dotted with caution and dismay.

The legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has described the former coach Greg Chappell in his soon to be released autobiography ‘Playing it My Way’ as a ‘ringmaster,’ who imposed his ideas on the players without showing any signs of being concerned about whether they felt comfortable or not”.

Tendulkar wrote in his book:”Just months before the World Cup, Chappell had come to see me at home and, to my dismay, suggested that I should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid. Anjali (Tendulkar’s wife), who was sitting with me was equally shocked to hear him say that ‘together, we could control Indian cricket for years.”

He further explained, “Together, we could control Indian cricket for years”, the coach reportedly told Tendulkar during a visit to his home when he offered to “help me in taking over the reins of the side” from Dravid.

However, as per reports, Dravid said he won’t be commenting on each and everything batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has written in his autobiography. He added that it would be unfair to comment on any issue without reading the book.

Tendulkar has said, “I was surprised to hear the coach not showing the slightest amount of respect for the captain, with cricket’s biggest tournament just months away.”

He said though he rejected the proposal put forth by the coach on the spot, Chappell “stayed for a couple of hours, trying to convince me before finally leaving”.

Meanwhile, cricketers VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh have also came up with more revelations, supporting Tendulkar’s comments on the coach by claiming they too had been victims for Chappell. All the three players have shown their dissatisfaction for Chappell being their coach.

While Harbhajan reportedly commented that he has “temporarily destroyed Indian cricket” and targeted the senior players, Laxman said that Chappell took “Indian cricket backwards” during his two-year tenure as the national cricket team’s coach.

Whereas Zaheer responded claiming that Chappell has tried his best to prevent his comeback into the national team and called him a “control freak”.

He reportedly said, “He had some issues with the senior guys in the team. He tried many ways to stop my comeback into Indian team during the phase when I was out of the team for nearly a year. I came to know later that every time when my name was discussed, he (Chappell) would find means to delay my comeback by 3-4 months.”

However, the claims by the Tendulkar have been rejected by Chappell, who said: “I never wanted Rahul Dravid to be replaced as India’s captain by Sachin Tendulkar.” He added, “I only ever visited Sachin’s home once, and that was with our physio and assistant coach during Sachin’s rehabilitation from injury, at least 12 months earlier than what was reported in the book.”

The most awaited autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar, which paved way for controversies before its release, has already hit his fans and cricket lovers. The book will be released on Thursday, November 6.


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