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Greg Chappell regrets falling out with Tendulkar

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November 10, 2011

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Greg Chappell and Sachin Tendulkar watch the Indian team practice at Port-of-Spain
Greg Chappell wishes he had handled his relationship with Sachin Tendulkar differently when he was India coach © AFP
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Greg Chappell, the former Australia captain, has said in his new book that the biggest regret of his controversial three-year stint as India coach was his failure to communicate properly with Sachin Tendulkar, with whom he had a strained relationship.

Chappell coached India from 2005 to 2007 and pushed hard to bring fresh faces into the Indian side, and tried to initiate changes in the batting line-up. His desire for change did not sit well with many of India's senior players though. He had a very public spat with then India captain, Sourav Ganguly, while the likes of Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh have all criticised his methods.

But it was his disagreement with Tendulkar over his position in the batting order in one-day cricket that he wishes he had handled differently.

"My biggest regret was falling out with Sachin over him batting at number four in the one-day team," PTI quotes Chappell as writing in his new autobiography, Fierce Focus. "It was a shame because he and I had some intense and beneficial talks together prior to that. My impatience to see improvement across the board was my undoing in the end.

"The mistakes I made were not particularly 'western' but the same kind of mistakes I had made as a captain in my playing days. I didn't communicate my plans well enough to the senior players. I should have let guys like Tendulkar, (VVS) Laxman and (Virender) Sehwag know that although I was an agent of change, they were still part of our Test future.

Chappell has also admitted that he was at times abrupt in his dealings with some of the players. "Once in South Africa, I called in Sachin and Sehwag to ask more of them, I could tell by the look on their faces that they were affronted. Later [Rahul] Dravid, who was in the room, said, 'Greg, they've never been spoken to like that before'."

One thing his time as coach did help him understand was the huge amount of pressure Indian cricketers are under, especially Tendulkar. "A glimpse of them was a life-changing event... We were playing an unrelenting amount of cricket to satisfy the demand, at least 50% more than Australia were playing and the pressure was beyond belief.

"Nobody was carrying that pressure more than Sachin. Not even Don Bradman carried expectations like this, and Sachin had been bearing it since 1989.

"When the team travelled, he would snap on his headphones, not look sideways, and shut it all out. There was a constant frenzy trying to get in at him. The energy it would have taken for him to let that kind of excitement in would have drained him dry."

Chappell said he had encouraged Tendulkar to take a day off from training but Tendulkar said that was not a feasible option given the fans' expectations of him. "If he didn't train and then performed badly, he'd have been blamed. People would notice. And there was no relief for him going out onto the streets, either. He just couldn't get any rest."

The book also reveals that prior to Sharad Pawar taking over as BCCI president in 2006, Chappell had a somewhat uncomfortable relationship with the board, whom he claims tried to make life difficult for him, his family and his staff by not paying their bills and wages for months.

"Throughout our living arrangements at the Taj Westend in Bangalore had always seemed tenuous. The BCCI was usually late in paying our bills, and Judy (Chappell's wife), alone in Bangalore for much of the time I was touring, often didn't know whether my employer was looking after its commitments or not.

"The wages for me, Ian Frazer and other support staff were sometimes paid months late. I saw it more as back channel attempts to make life uncomfortable and push towards throwing it in. Things improved markedly under the [Sharad] Pawar regime."

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Posted by   on (November 13, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

For comparisons always compare apples against apples … Compare the scores that Indian bowlers receive on the same pitches against same oppositions vs those of other teams bowling attacks and you can easily figure out that Indian bowling statistics are of the order of that of Bangladesh or Zim……Unfortunately these days there r few multi-nation tournaments in which u can do this statistical analysis…and if u compare the overall ODI totals that Indian batting make on the same pitches against same oppositions vs those of other teams batting totals you can easily figure out that Indian batting statistics are of the order of that of all time World best……….. ……….Indian batsmen have to do miracles to win matches most of the time…………………Just like in the LARA's last tour to SL, Lara scored 680 runs in 3 matches but WI lost 3 nil to SL…… How come LARA became so selfish after departure of Ambrose and Walsh.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

It is the most irrational argument that since the percentage of Sachin's match winning 100s is less than that of some other greats that implies that he has merely played for his records......It is the bowlers who make batsmens' runs count towards in this World Cup 2011, on the same dead Sub-Continent pitches India received a score of 260 to chase against Australia whereas Pak received a meager score of 170 to chase against the same opposition-(Indian batters had much harder task). No team could score over 260 against Pak whereas avg score against India was over 280.......Obviously whatever Paki batsmen score their bowlers make it very tough for opposition to chase it and they give modest targets to their battters to chase - Inzamam's 80% centuries are match winning bcz of this reason. ..Similarly LARA's big scores could hardly win anything once Ambrose & Walsh retired.....Indian batsmens' runs r likely to go in vain bcz India never had World class bowling attack.

Posted by Balu1324 on (November 13, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Let us just face it. Mr Chappel was a bad man manager. All that Gary Kirsten did was work around situations much better and with a far less ego factor attached to it. All said and done Greg did try some new things, changed some mind sets, started on the 7 hats theory, but sadly other than dravid no body else understood him. We have always been successful when we have let the established players rule the roost. Understanding the Indian culture and mindset is critical to success and to be fair he seems to have realised this albeit a little late. Is the time ripe now for his second tenure as India Coach,??/ Who knows, but we WANT GARY Back... Just look at what he did with the SA team..

Posted by busybrats on (November 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

A book release means a brief hold on the bully pulpit. Too bad this was marred by the news that Greg was fired as a selector and also been banned from the Aussie dressing room by the players. Will leave it to aussie readers to talk about your not so exemplary record as a domestic selector.Greg, you cannot hide your incompetence in man management behind a culture gap. As a coach that should have been your first priority. It took you a failed stint as a coach to realize that the Indian cricketers were divas? What kind of home work did you put in before starting the job? An advanced course in PowerPoint perhaps? Granted the Indian team is not exactly democratic or egalitarian - why does no one in the team or establishment come forward to say everyone was to blame?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

I don't think that Mr Chappell intended to stir up all this controversy that Clint Nelson has stirred up here! The numerous lame excuses received from the Tendulkar worshippers, on his behalf shows that Clint appears to have struck a very truthful and telling note about Sachin. I guess that had Mr Chappell read Clint Nelson's analysis of the selfish man that Tendulkar really is, Mr Chappell would not have conceded to doing any wrong! But Mr Chappell is a big man - it's time Sachin grow up! I hope readers understand the significance of the stats presented by Johnathonjosephs, because I think that some people are unfairly using the quantitative face value of the scores that Tendulkar has produced over two long generations to create a false impression of him in the context of comparisons with greater players. But obviously, he has played nearly 3 times more matches/innings than people with whom he's compared - IF HE'S WORTH HIS SALT HE WOULD HE WOULD AT LEAST SCOORE RUNS/100s THAN THEM!

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 12, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

@jonathanjosephs Sachin should be respected for what he has achieved as a cricketer. Some fans want to compare a youngster with a 38 year old. He has won many a game for India. Be it in ODI, Tests and even T20 - the records and milestones he has amassed are not for himself but for Indian cricket. They have been obtained in his career path. People forget that some of these achievements of team India - the ODI world cup, 2003 ODI world cup, the NO1 test side etc , he was a part of it all. I feel he is in his last stage of his career and soon he will call it a day. Please respect him. 119 not out v England, Old Trafford, 1990 114 v Australia, Perth, 1991-92 169 v South Africa, Cape Town, 1996-97

Posted by mrhamilton on (November 12, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

Lara for me was the greater bastman and Tendulkar speaks of the pressure in india. The pressure in the West Indies was no less for Lara and windies could be a hostile environment when things didntt go their teams way on occasion during 90-96 when they were still used to winning. Lara carried all that on his shoulders. Im sure if Lara had been indian and had the support of the pitches, and others chipping in, and tendulkar had been west indian and had to carry an entire teams batting attack, that matters and records would conclude Lara is and was superior. too many indian fans dont want to consider this

Posted by PasupuletiKumarSwamy on (November 12, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

I have been seeing comments like "Tendulkar has (as of now) 48 ODI Centuries. Out of those 48, only 33 have been in a winning cause (68%)" and other bastsmen have more % than Tendulkar. Are we talking about luck factor or Team performance? If it is luck factor, then I would agree Sachin has very less luck in making his team win, when he makes a Ton. On the other hand, your team has to efficient enough to make use of the Ton made by Sachin right? Let us take the case of Ponting, when he makes a 100, I assume that Australia will have at least 200 on board? then Aussie bowlers will complete the job. so, my point is that you should consider the entire team's peformance when counting the winning %. Finally, leastwhen one person out of 11 in the team makes a century, and remaining 10 players are not making use of it, that means that the team is inefficient. I bet, if Sachin is player of Aus, then he would have had 100% winning rate. And this is applicable to each and every batsman.

Posted by taimur49 on (November 12, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

@ johnathonjosephs

You are right tendulkar's win % after centuries might be lower than the others at 68% but why dont u take the name of any other batsman who has contributed more than 33 wins?? you are also forgetting that apart from his 48 centuries he has more than 10 90+ scores of which have won india games.(couple examples india vs pak wc 2003 semi final, india vs aus cb series final #2) Please spend more time looking deeper into stats rather than looking at only the basics. And how does a batsman with a 86 strike rate over his career of 20+ years turn out to be selfish?

Posted by NRI- on (November 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

Sachin is a batting great but he is also the most overrated batsman of all time. There is hardly any difference in average and overall accomplishments between him, Sangakkara, Lara and Kallis and until recently, Ponting. Gavaskar made his runs as an opener. Sehwag has too and at a stupendous strike rate. Sachin is no greater than any of these other 6 batsmen. VVS and Dravid are also very close. On current form, KP, Bell, Trott & Cook are as great too but longevity matters. In the past there were Sobers, Hutton, GS Chappell, G Pollock, Viv Richards, Alvin K and many others. Some of them had a better test batting average like Pollock and Sobers. So Indian fans, please stop idolising him. All these other greats too have stuggled against quality pace or spin at some point in their career on bowler friendly conditions just as great bowlers like McGrath and Lee have struggled on Indian wickets. It happens.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

Heres some stats about "match winners" and what not about Tendulkar. (I hope this is published because I have put too much time into this). Tendulkar has (as of now) 48 ODI Centuries. Out of those 48, only 33 have been in a winning cause (68%). Compare this to a known match winner. Sanath Jayasuriya has only 28 centuries, but 24 of them have been in a winning cause (86%). Lara has 19 centures, 16 in a winning cause (84.2%). Ponting has 30 centuries, 25 in a winning cause (83%). Gilchrist has 16 centuries, 16 of them in wins (100%). Ganguly has 22, 18 in wins (82%). Saeed Anwar has 20 centuries, 16 in wins (80%). Kallis has 17 centuries, 13 in wins (77%). Lets make a list of the statistically proven match WINNERs. It would go something like this given by percentage of winning match when player makes century. 1. Gilchrist (100%) 2. Jayasuriya (86%) 3. Lara (84%) 4. Ponting (83%) 5. Ganguly (82%) 6. Anwar (80%) 7. Kallis (77%) 8. Tendulkar 68% Why Tendulkar on the bottom?

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 12, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Greg Chapell... Great player and captain for Australia. Thought he was a big man and tried to revolutionize Indian Cricket when they weren't ready for change.... Tendulkar is a good player... Match Winner... Not too sure. The man is selfish and plays for records only, which is all good in Test Cricket, but not really good in the shorter format. People want to yell at me and want to shoot arguments at me? Don't bother, just look at his records and the percentage India wins when Tendulkar makes a century. The percent is actually in the low 60s, whereas almost every player with at least 10 centuries has at LEAST an 80% win rate when they make centuries (most are in low 90s). Why is this? Its to do with his style (which is built to make records). Kind of sad because 100 years from now, people won't remember or care if he WON matches or not. They will only see his average and records and he will be remembered for only those.

Posted by niraj13 on (November 11, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

As some of the folks have mentioned here, when Greg Chappell took over as coach, he thought that he was the whole and sole of Indian cricket. He wanted to make too many changes in a short span of time. Change is good, but drastic change can mess things up. As for the people blaming Sachin here, they have to realize that he is a simple straightforward guy who gets along with one and all. If there was a rift between him and Greg, it has to be clearly Greg's fault. The good thing though, is Greg has thought through everything and has admitted the mistakes he made during the stint.

Posted by mrmonty on (November 11, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

Did Greg Chappell interview Gary Kirsten before he started to write the book? I think not. I think Chappell was too smart for his own good. International cricketers are not a bunch of school boys that you can mold them, which is exactly what he attempted. Only minor tweaks would have sufficed. Therein lies the tragedy.

Posted by ggsg on (November 11, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

Mr clint nelson heres more stats matches played between 89-2005; v/s SA 16 played 1003 runs with ave 37.14, 3/100, 3/50. v/s sri lanka 16 played 1313 runs with ave 69.10, 7/100, 3/50. v/s pak 13 played 855 runs with ave 42.75 2/100 5/50. v/s new zealand 16 played 1062 runs with ave of 48.27, 3/100, 5/50. overall matches played between 89 to 2005 126 played 10323 runs with35 100's and 41 50's and average of 56.71. between this period he was in 40 matches on V side and scored 3460 runs with 65.28 ave and 12 -100 & 50. v/s zimb and ban 12 matches playedwith 1220 runs at ave 87.14 with 4/100, 3/50. and against aus, nz, WI, pak, sl eng SA 114 matches played 9103 rus at ave of 54.18 with 31/100 38/50 in matches won 32 with 2571 runs at ave of 58.43, 9/100, 70/50. matches won against zim and ban is 8 889 runs at ave 98.77 with 3/100, 2/50. I am giving these test stats for these period as some of great quality bolwer both pacer and spinners were playing . wait more stats in next comments

Posted by tappee74 on (November 11, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

I have known the name Greg Chappell while still a boy attending hlgh school. In my opinion, he was the best player the world had at the time; he was also representing the best side,The Mighty Australia.Even today he is considered one of the greatest player ever.I read this article and paid close attention to the revelation of self.Greatness comes in many forms,but the hallmark of greatness is truth and simplicity.Mr Chappell has revealed this.Mr Chappell you are the perfect example of class amidst fragmentation.

Posted by ggsg on (November 11, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

Mr Clint Nelson u'r comment, " 'REGARDLESS TO HOW DIRE THE CIRCUMSTANCES, NO ONE COULD GET HIM TO CHANGE THAT POSITION TO HELP OUT THE INDIAN TEAM' - so evident in England! Hence, Chappell did not realise how self centred the man was and thought that as a senior player he would cooperate for the benefit of the Indian team; but not Sachin! His poor 'all round' ability is not only evident in the position that he bats; but as Shoaib Akhtar revealed and the English bowlers confirmed, Sachin is very marginal against quality pace bowling," made me laugh for ur benefit let me ask you mcgrath, warne, gillespie, walsh, ambrose, donald, wsim akram waqar yunis, dale stern, imran khan, bret lee are they quality bowler?. here's stats v/s australia when they were dominant team test matehes played until dec 2005 21 played, 1859 runs with ave 53.11, 7-100 & 50. v/s west indies 16 played 1328 runs with ave 57.73, 3/100 and 7/50. v/s eng 16 played 1683 runs with ave 76.5 6/100, 8/50.from 89-2005

Posted by dadagos11 on (November 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

when you have players like Sachin, Dravid , Ganguly, sehvag and VVS I don't think you have to teach them about batting. Greg should had focus on Indian bowling department but he didn't.

Why sachin should bat at no.4 in ODI. Who is better then him as an opener. Greg can you do something for Australia now. You been past as indian coach so forget about those things. Please stop making controversial statements and concentrat on australian young guns. Is it time for ponting to go ? please discuss that over the media.

Posted by bharath74 on (November 11, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

I guess with all good intentions he tried to apply the Australian way of doing things to the Indian team . He was a good man though, whom we Indians never understood just bcos we love Ganguly too much.

Posted by johnny62 on (November 11, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

Finally, Greg Chapel concedes the blunders he committed in India as coach. there was one promising player in the team who paid for all the experiments Chapel had to make. Poor Irfan Pathan. Had he been let alone to bowl, he would have been the best bowler in India today. He forced him to take up batting and concentrate on it when it was not necessary. Irfan should sue him for messing up with his cricket/.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

@Clint Nelson Have you any idea about record of Sachin at no. 4 in ODI?

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Greg chappel may be a good batsman, not really rate him as a person or coach. He is pretty poor in that respect. As regards people criticising Tendulkar, he is human. He has his faults like all others, just doesnt mean he is the worst thing that has happened in Indian cricket, like some learned friends here would like all to believe. What I do like is the fact that Sachin as not really cared about talking of these issues, but then again, greg has a book to SELL!

Posted by cheguramana on (November 11, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

Thank God Chappell is no more with Indian team!! He nearly destroyed the team and it's best and brightest players! His ego and arrogance was unbelieavable- terrible traits for any body, but utterly destructive for a coach. a description when he took charge sticks in mind, "a rolls Royce coming into a team of BMWs and Benzs (!!!) why would a coach want to compete with the egos and profiles of the players? His job is to make them better players, not try to impose his ego, try to show that he is a bigger star then any of them! His exit interview with the press was priceless! He refused to admit any shortcoming, any failure during his tenure whatsoever. Blamed the team and everybody else, saying the lack of world cup success over the past 24 years (since 1983) has it's own story to tell. Then what the heck was he hired for, at such a huge and unprecedented pay package?? After his exit, India has won 2 World Cups, thank you very much !

Posted by Jeptic on (November 11, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Dean and Scott, your names tell me that you are probably Australians. I am a West Indian....But I have to agree, hats off to your comments. You don't need to rubish Tendulkar. AS most Australian appreciate good talent. I myself feels that the Don is in a calss by himself. it was not his fault that he did not play around the world, but compared to his contemporaries, it is fair to say that he was a super-genius at batting...An anomaly, like you have put it.

Having said that, I think that Sachin is the second best batsman to have played the game!!! Lara nad Ponting are about equal. Please don't include Kallis in this list. These four - Don, Sachin, Lara, and Ponting don't have equals where batting is concerned!!!

Posted by stFleming on (November 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

@bismoy...Hey mate...Ponting averages over 50 in South Africa...He has always performed well in south africa both in tests and ODI's...Everyone goes through bad times in their latter part of their career..Ponting was performing well when Dravid and Kallis were struggling...Sachin also was out of form in 2005 and 2006...So now Dravid and Kallis regained their form and its now time for Ponting for some struggle...Ponting failed in the first test..But then also he averages more than sachin in SA...And yeah don't forget that Ponting averaged 56 last year against India in India...Man he has over 12,000 runs in test cricket...Even Brian Lara doesn't hv that much runs..So don't think that Ponting is not a good player..

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (November 11, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

@Clint Nelson...No. Sachin could whack pace bowlers in 1990s; as Chappel says in order to please a billion fans he diluted his batting to be less risky lately and became less skilled. He is not as good as Viv who never adjusted his batting but still Sachin is great; just see how he manages to drop the short balls that rise onto his face; almost perfect; when Sachin bats you see a real difference; players like Ponting look laborious but Sachin like Viv looks endowed with an added dimension. However on one thing you are spot on; Sachin is not confident to reach boundaries if he is pushed into middle order; but again he can but doesn't believe. Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar...That is the order.

Posted by Tamil_SL on (November 11, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

Sachin is the Greatest Cricker of his era atleast, if not all time Great. All cricket loving fans must love and respect him. Don't want to open a debate here. p

Posted by bismoy on (November 11, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

pointing avg now is 52 comapre to sachin 56....again cape town pitch prove that how pointing is a flat track bully..on australia good batting pitches its easy to score heap and heap of runs like pointing and co done over the years...

if india had bowler like warne and mcgrath india would have won many more matches.....but sadly for sachin when he scored the below par bowling attack can't defend...can't blame sachin for this...

but sachin scores heavliy in austrlia too but can pointing score heavily in india???

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

I think Gregg Chappell was treating Tendulkar the way that most of his fans described him - that is: thinking he is the most 'all round' batsman they had ever seen! But this characterisation could not be more far from the truth. Sachin is the most inflexible batsman the game has ever seen. He knew he could not make runs in the middle order in ODI matches, hence, Chappell was breaking hell loose to ask him to move up into the middle order! He fixated himself to No.4 in test cricket and 'REGARDLESS TO HOW DIRE THE CIRCUMSTANCES, NO ONE COULD GET HIM TO CHANGE THAT POSITION TO HELP OUT THE INDIAN TEAM' - so evident in England! Hence, Chappell did not realise how self centred the man was and thought that as a senior player he would cooperate for the benefit of the Indian team; but not Sachin! His poor 'all round' ability is not only evident in the position that he bats; but as Shoaib Akhtar revealed and the English bowlers confirmed, Sachin is very marginal against quality pace bowling.

Posted by mrgupta on (November 11, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

For all those who claim that Sachin has been a match winner then they can note that Sachin has received more man of the match awards than any other Indian player, and is only joint 5th in the all time list. He has scored 20 centuries in 62 Indian victories which is more than any other Indian player. In terms of wins outside India Sachin has scored 5 100s which is again more than any other Indian. In terms of ODIs if you count players who played more than 200 matches then Sachin has among the best man of the match per match ratio even after playing 453 matches. He has received 62 MoM awards, more than double Lara's tally and nearly double that of Kallis and Ponting. And wait he has a Player of the tournament in World Cup which none of Lara, kallis, Ponting or Viv Richards have managed with special distinction of being the top run scorer in 2 World Cups and 2nd highest in the recently concluded 2011 World Cup.

Posted by stFleming on (November 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

I think Greg chappell was crazy when he was indian coach..Why the hell he wanted Sachin to bat at No.4...Sachin's record is awesome at no.2 position..He has over 13000 runs, has scored 42 centuries and averages 51...So i think Greg Chappell was trying to show his power in demoting Sachin at No.4 in ODI's...We should never forget that Sachin is the best opener in the whole world...

Posted by mrgupta on (November 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

@RandyOZ: I am sure you don't know what is meant by playing for records and what is match winning effort otherwise you wouldn't have made this naive comment. If you talk about playing for records than my friend Sachin's batting avg when his team has won is 67 which is way more than .. ahem.. Dravid, Ponting, Lara, Viv Richards, Kallis and also Miandad. And in a list of player with 50 test wins only Steve Waugh is above Sachin in terms of avg. So if you say that Sachin hasn't played sufficient match winning innings for his team than certainly none of these above mentioned players have done so. If you say he played for records than again if you play with an avg of 56+ (54 overseas) for 182 matches then you bound to break several records. If Lara can bat until he reaches 400 even if that means his team being denied victory, and also Ponting can risk his team loosing by bowling part timers just to avoid penalty while he was captain then i guess we can safely say all cricketers are selfish.

Posted by Skott on (November 11, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

@jacobs54 Bradman wasn't great because there was no way to study him to find his weakness? By that reasoning every batsman should have averaged 100. Uncovered pitches. No running drinks out every 5 overs. No helmets. Smaller bats. No team physio. 100 overs a day. And there was no way for batmen to study bowlers either.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

Jacob54... to be fair... England had plenty of time to study the Don while he was out in the middle and lets face it that was most of the time. There is no sense comparing these two greats from such different eras. For each argument one makes there will always be an equally valid counter argument. Both are\were absolutely outstanding.

Posted by dean100 on (November 11, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

@ jacobs54. WOW.........I don't even know where to begin with that comment. You my friend need to reassess whether you're following the right sport. Bradman is regarded as the greatest ball sport, let alone cricket, player known to man. Statistically he is an anomaly. His achievements can & most probably will NEVER be matched EVER and that's about the only sure thing in cricket. He is the undisputed, unmatched heavy weight batting champion of the world. Understand that. On Sachin, he's great n arguably 2nd to Don. Gregs role in India was damaging, to both his reputation and Indian cricket. But one feels that the cricketers themselves need to learn to accept a little criticism. To say Sachin n Sehwag have never been required to do "more" is a also a little unrealistic. The fact that no coach has never dared to talk to them like that doesn't sound like the most positive and productive player/staff relationship to me. No need to be too proud boys. At the end of the day it's just a game

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (November 11, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

@ randy oz ,if punter is such a match winner then why is he unable to do that after the greats retired.?if punter is not chasing records,then what is he doing in current team ?

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

A good player need not be a good coach - Playing and Coaching are two different fields, so we can't expect that.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (November 11, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

@ randy oz instead of criticising GOD ,why dont u justify punters place in current team despite averaging poor than vettori for last FOUR years. and when Greg is feeling regrets for his deeds,you are no one to justify him.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 11, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Sachin should be respected for what he has achieved as a cricketer. Some fans want to compare a youngster with a 38 year old. He has won many a game for India. Be it in ODI, Tests and even T20 - the records and milestones he has amassed are not for himself but for Indian cricket. They have been obtained in his career path. People forget that some of these achievements of team India - the ODI world cup, 2003 ODI world cup, the NO1 test side etc , he was a part of it all. I feel he is in his last stage of his career and soon he will call it a day. Please respect him. 119 not out v England, Old Trafford, 1990 114 v Australia, Perth, 1991-92 169 v South Africa, Cape Town, 1996-97

Posted by natasrik on (November 11, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Atleast Greg had the guts to write all the detail things in his book so hats of to him. Don't forget it is just under his coaching period TEAM INDIA successfully chased and created a record. It is because of him senior players after being sidelined performed better eg Zaheer, Viru and Ganguly.He wanted sachin to be a mentor in the middle order, since he had identified a good pool of players at that time. Irrespective of how great you are, one has to be a team man and in this regard at that time we had two senior players Dravid and Laxman fitting into the bill.

Posted by jacobs54 on (November 11, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Chappel was right regarding Bradman and there lies the greatness of Tendulkar..moreover Bradman played 90% of the matches aganist England and in those days there were no methods to study a batsman to tackle him.So why everybody says Bradman was the great..?Then who was Jack Hobbs,Allan Border,Boycott,Gavaskar,Gary Sobers etc..?..they are the real greats who changed the game and made it more famous

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

@RandyOZ Mate there is no more stupid a comment made about Sachin than he does it for individual glory!! He has put always put India first. The Individual records are not why he is in the team. . its because the younger generation of Indian players have not embraced his work ethic and have opted to live lavish from IPL earnings. To put his 38yo boyd though injuries, gruelling training and constant media frenzy is enough to send you round the bend. To be the best for 20 years in any sport is amazing. . to almost never letting the billion fans down that is genius.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

I see Greg Chappell has adopted the Akhtar way of selling a book.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Sachin vs Chappel was just a street fight but the Chappel vs Ganguly was a World War end result Both Ganguly and Sachin were part of the team after 2007 wc while chappel resigned (and admitted defeat) fearing his expulsion from the post of indian coach.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

Im not sure if any person with decent conscience divulges all the dressing room talk like Chappell is doing here. He knows he'll not get any new jobs--coaching or selection and this book is his last straw to make some money for his future. This is how low people can stoop to...

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 11, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

@RandyOZ - what makes you think that the same chappell did not realize that truth about Ponting when he was in the selection committee? 55 innings without a century or an innings worth talking about (match-winning) and selfish ponting is still playing! he is playing only because he thinks he can chase dravid's record of second highest runs and his selfish dream of making up for the humiliation he suffered in ENG. he is only a minnow-basher who will bash NZ come AUS summer and fail when it matters the most (such as SL or SA or even IND and ENG).

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (November 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

To RandyOz : Before you make ridiculous statements like playing for records , pathetic winning records and terrible 2nd innings performance, go and get yourself educated on what Sachin is. Greg's folly was that he thought that he was the ultimate authority. Great players do not necessarily make great coaches and it took a Gary Kirstein to get the best out of these very same individuals who took India to #1 in Tests and of course the WC win. What an irony that today Ricky Ponting talks of being inspired to continue by Sachin, Rahul etc.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 11, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

I guess the excerpts from the book should be taken as a complement to the players.. But he surely should have tried to blend with the team rather than BOSS the team.. The successful Indian coaches Wright, Gary and the interim coach Rajput were the guys who blended with the team.. Subcontinent culture is very different from other cultures.. Chappel was a wrong choice for India as his style of working is very much different..

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

One way to sell your books is to have a mention of Sachin Tendulkar in one way or the other...

Posted by NRI- on (November 11, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

Simply to expect more of any bowler or batsman is a nonsensical statement. They are always doing their best. If you have advice, it has to be technical and in the form of a DISCUSSION, not an admonition - "What do you think, could we handle Donald or Pollock this way or that? What are your thoughts, Sachin?" Greg's views would have also been respected then for he too was a great batsman. Greg tried to become more of a selector rather than a coach. Youth for the sake of youth is a stupid policy as is holding on to the old guard after they stop performing. But Greg C is no worse than Kris S, who scales new heights of stupidity with selection decisions that make no sense and Hilditch, who ruined Australia's spin department.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

Greg Chappell was an utter failure not only in his stint in India but also in his efforts to locate talent in Australia (from where he was recently fired). I suppose the results India got during the tenure of Kirsten clearly highlight how India regressed during his tenure. Cricket fans in India will remember his tenure as fractious, and clearly that phase was amongst the lowest-point in the recent history of Indian cricket. His was a good riddance.

Posted by Romenevans on (November 11, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

Chappel is was the worst thing ever happen to indian cricket, He spoiled Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Ganguly and god know what else he would have done to Indian cricket. Thank god he was thrown out of the country.

Posted by cricmatters on (November 11, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

Pushing Tendulkar to no. 4 in ODI? Not a great idea. Biggest mistake Greg Chappel made was to court the Indian media which at times quoted him out of context resulting in more misunderstandings in the dressing room. Good players do not necessarly make good coaches. Diplomacy was not his strong point as it turned out, he didn't have a big fan follwoing in the Australian dressing room either.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 3:26 GMT)

"If he didn't train and then performed badly, he'd have been blamed. People would notice. And there was no relief for him going out onto the streets, either. He just couldn't get any rest."

Posted by nag42408 on (November 11, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

sachin is not god he is just human like you and me if we have left him to be a human and not made him god i am 100/- sure he would have played many more match winning innings then he has done in 22 years.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

Everyone should respect other than cricket....

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 11, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

Greg realised he is just chasing individual records and wanted him out the team, fair enough greg!

Posted by LittleFinger on (November 11, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

@MasterClass - Dude, easy for you and I to say..........More than his cricket, I respect Sachin for keeping his wits about him as a grounded, humble human being when every moment of his life has the potential to be consumed by the media circus. Not easy for one who was world famous at age 15. It is astonishing how Sachin has essentially managed to steer clear of controversy for so long. That is a massive part of Sachin's genius.

Posted by WhenDWestwas1 on (November 11, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

Good marketing by Greg Chappell. Before today i did not know he had release a book. I am positive many of the indian supporters will gravitate to read the book to understand the logic behind the decisions made when you were the indian cricket team coach.

Posted by Kaze on (November 11, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

The biggest mistake Greg made was to get mixed up with that bunch in the first place. I have no idea why he would want to coach a team like India. He is better off coaching young batsmen and looking for talent.

Posted by nlambda on (November 11, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

Chappell had a huge ego and he tried to boss everyone around. That was his big problem. The other was his obsession with getting rid of seniors who had many more years left in them. And I think the third issue was that he had his favorites and non-favorites. Favorites like Raina and Irfan were treated very well but non-favorites like SRT, Ganguly, Bhajji were relentlessly undermined. Also, I think he is saying these things now to build interest in his book - needs to attract the Indian audience, as usual. Am not buying it!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

Its about tine Chapell realizes what an abject failure he was as a coach. He must never coach again. A good player, but a pathetic coach.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 10, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

Without Greg chappell , ganguly would have never left and we would have never seen raina , dhoni (captaincy material), kohli can wait forever. He may not gave the immediate result , he set about creating new have to break from past. Can only be done by strong minded people. For me all the thing Greg did was good , except one thing , he fail to make the playerrs in playing eleven happy. They were unhappy and they could n't deliver in 2007.Almost Same team in 2011 won that. Ofcourse dhoni is greatest captain ever lived. Greg did n't had that advaatage. Indian people are emotional bunch. Indians stars need constant cajoling of their ego especially sachin and sehwag. sehwag play crazy when he is happy and freedom to imagine and do what ever he like. Dhoni understood sehwag completely and give sehwag full freedom to go berserk even if he fails successive games. if you watched indian inning , sehwag was always very aggressive when he play with gambhir compare to dravid.

Posted by nafzak on (November 10, 2011, 23:42 GMT)

Greg Chappell is one of the underrated Great batsmen of all time. We, in the West Indies always thought of his as the most technically correct batsman. Now, about this book and GC the man. I am relieved to finally see a book that is not about bashing those who are percieved to be against you. GCl seems to be almost reaching out to Sachin and the others. Dravid comes across as someone who understood what was going on in the players' heads. GC admits his shortcomings about not fully understanding the culture and making errors in how he broached the subject of change to senior players in particular. As a born and bred West Indian, I would hope that Messers. Gibson, Hilaire and Hunte, would all buy this book, read it and learn from it. Good for Greg not to drag people under the bus after it's over. My Indian friends - cricket fans, ie., should also look at their own behaviour and how it affects their team. You win and you are a hero and lose the next day and they want to hany you. Peace!

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 23:15 GMT)

Wow, so finally !! He accepts the Wrongdoings!! Good for him.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 10, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

Greg chappell realised Sachin was just chasing individual records, but he had no power to axe him. This is proved further by his pathetic winning record and terrible 2nd innings performances.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

hats off to greg, i respect you comments.

Posted by cric4life88 on (November 10, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Totally agreed Mr. Deshmukh...

Posted by MasterClass on (November 10, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

"If he didn't train and then performed badly, he'd have been blamed. People would notice. And there was no relief for him going out onto the streets, either. He just couldn't get any rest." - some of the comments here seem to glow with pride at that statement, or at least admiration. I just see the human tragedy in it. For once I would like to see Sachin play cricket as if it was JUST a game. Maybe then we would see his true genius! Also, it may sound heritical but I partially blame the great man himself for it. It is upto induviduals to accept or reject the public's incorrect ecxpectations. He would have still been the greatest batsman since Bradman if he rejected outright those stupid expectations!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (November 10, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

Must read this books: Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman by Gulu Ezekiel The A to Z of Sachin Tendulkar by Gulu Ezekiel Sachin Tendulkar-a definitive biography by Vaibhav Purandare Sachin Tendulkar - Masterful by Peter Murray, Ashish Shukla If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God by Vijay Santhanam, Shyam Balasubramanian

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

chapell wat u tryin to prove here. I cant understnd here..Whether U r ryt in ur decision made? Den how India succeeeded to be world champions?

Posted by SrikanthReddi on (November 10, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

With huge respect and love towards Dravid, he wouldn't have allowed this fellow to treat players like that. Whatever has happened, Sachin still remains the GOD and Chappel remains the Chappal. Need to vent my frustration knowing Sachin has been affronted.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

Greg Chappell shook up the hierarchy of Indian cricket in his tenure. What people fail to understand is that he got some of these 'senior' players out of their comfort zones and had them return as reformed players. Zak and Ganguly would safevouch for that, perhaps he went a little overboard with his media friendliness, but certainly provided more dimension to players like Raina, Yuvraj and Irfan Pathan. And no, Irfan didn't lose his bowling due to Greg, it was his own wrong-doing by consulting way too many fast bowling greats on his bowling!!!

Posted by maddy20 on (November 10, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Making life difficult? What did you expect Mr.Chappell? You have ended the career of our most succesful captain and nearly ruined those of Sehwag, Dravid, Zaheer, the players who are to this day pillars of strength of Indian team.

Posted by mits6 on (November 10, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

Chappell said he had encouraged Tendulkar to take a day off from training but Tendulkar said that was not a feasible option given the fans' expectations of him. "If he didn't train and then performed badly, he'd have been blamed. People would notice. And there was no relief for him going out onto the streets, either. He just couldn't get any rest."

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

Finally Greg Chappell owns up to his faults. Peace.

Posted by mits6 on (November 10, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

"Nobody was carrying that pressure more than Sachin. Not even Don Bradman carried expectations like this, and Sachin had been bearing it since 1989"

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Greg so what are you trying to say?

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Being a rocket scientist is not a prerequisite to figure u r dealing with a special, unique cricketer (Sachin).

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

At the end of the day, his mistake was in not understanding his job properly.

His job was not to select the Indian team. That is the job of the Indian selectors. His job was not to decide what his team did in the middle. That is the job of the Indian captain. His job was to prepare - mentally and strategically - the team he got from selectors, to help them achieve the best they can on field. And that is something he miserably failed at. He started thinking he was Sir Alex Ferguson of indian team or something...

Posted by   on (November 10, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

It is good to see chappell acceping his mistakes . !!....Even he was a honest man trying to make indian cricket better but he failed miserably !!!

Posted by rustyryan on (November 10, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

"If he didn't train and then performed badly, he'd have been blamed. People would notice. And there was no relief for him going out onto the streets, either. He just couldn't get any rest." - This sums up the great little man Sachin's cricketing journey. Even God doesn't get such an expectation or belief from his followers. To all who still criticize Sachin, should ask themselves what were they doing at the age of 16? He was facing the world's fastest bowlers on their home turf. The expectation he has carried over the past 22 years and the joy he has produced so far is beyond statistics. How often we forget that he is also a human? Still People might throw stones at him. Who cares? There are millions and millions of followers like me for whom He's the only God of cricket. The rest are mere mortals. Period.

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