India in Australia 2011-12 March 7, 2012

'Indians weren't really interested in Test cricket' - Greg Chappell

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Greg Chappell, India's former coach, has said that India "weren't really interested in Test cricket" on their tour to Australia, and that "Test cricket is pretty tough for them". Chappell was speaking at a promotional event for his book, Fierce Focus, at Adelaide Writers Week. It was an interaction full of endearing anecdotes about his playing days until a member of the audience - which might have been close to 200-strong - asked him about India's apparent disinterest in Test cricket, and how it might adversely affect Test cricket overall, considering how the BCCI controls cricket today.

"It was obvious from the start of the tour that the Indians weren't really interested in Test cricket," Chappell said. "After the Australians showed that they were going to be a formidable foe, I was very disappointed with the Indians. And having worked with many of them and having been in the dressing room with them, Test cricket was too hard for most of them. They can only make a lot of money playing 20-over cricket. Fifty-over cricket they can sort of put up with.

"Test cricket for a lot of, not only India, a lot of subcontinent teams, I think it's pretty tough. And the challenge for Test cricket is, without the sort of grounding that we [Australians] had as kids, Test cricket is too hard. It's very demanding mentally, physically and emotionally."

Malcolm Knox, Chappell's co-writer, then brought the discussion back to the book, and pointed out how Chappell had marked out Virender Sehwag's fitness and attitude and Zaheer Khan's fitness as key issues for India. "You can throw in attitude for Zaheer as well," Chappell interjected.

Chappell then spoke about what was wrong with the Indian culture. "The culture is very different, it's not a team culture," Chappell said. "They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions.

"The culture of India is such that, if you put your head above the parapet someone will shoot it. Knock your head off. So they learn to keep their head down and not take responsibility. The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if someone was deemed to be responsible, they'd get punished. So the Indians have learned to avoid responsibility. So before taking responsibility for any decisions, they prefer not to."

They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions
Greg Chappell

Chappell said MS Dhoni the Indian captain, was one exception to that rule, but even he seems to have lost to the system. When asked if any Indian captain, when on 329 not out himself, would have declared the innings, Chappell said: "If MS Dhoni would have ever got to 329 in a Test match, he probably would. Look, Dhoni is one of the most impressive young men that I have ever worked with. When he came into that Indian team, you just knew that he was a leader in the making. He was definitely someone who could make decisions, and he didn't mind putting his head above the parapet, and didn't mind putting the bigger players in their place. I think he is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket in recent times.

"But looking at him on this tour - I didn't meet or speak to him at all - but just watching the body language and just watching him on the field, it wasn't the MS Dhoni that I knew. I think Indian cricket has worn him down as well. Especially captaining all three formats, and India plays about 50% more cricket than Australia does. And Dhoni played four years, captaining three years while being wicketkeeper and their key batsman - one of the best chasers of a target that I've ever seen. Very confident, very un-Indian in that regard. There was no false modesty about him. If he thought he could do something, he would take responsibility and say 'I can do that.'"

Chappell also felt Sehwag's captaincy ambition hurt the Indian team. "Sehwag thought he should be captain after [Anil] Kumble, so there is a bit of a collision there," he said. "I think Dhoni is getting to a point where Test cricket is getting too hard for him, and the undercurrent around the dressing room cannot help."

Chappell said that Test cricket needed a strong India. "I think Australia and England will always look at Test cricket and try and preserve it," Chappell said. "South Africa to a lesser degree. Up until this summer I thought India as well. We probably had four major Test-playing countries, and the others would play Test cricket spasmodically.

"Because firstly most countries haven't got the critical mass of players to develop Test cricketers and most of them don't have the money. Cricket Australia probably spends in excess of 20 million dollars a year in development programmes, which includes first-class cricket - huge investment to develop a Test team. I am not sure many other countries have the will to do that. If the financial circumstances change for Australian cricket, it will be very tough for Australian cricket too.

"If of the three formats, one of them is under pressure, it's Test cricket. In ten years' time, it might look very different from the way it looks today. And for those who have grown up with Test cricket and hold it in high stead, we are going to probably be a little bit disappointed with the way it goes in the next few years."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ajoshi2 on March 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    There is a grain of truth in what he says. But how can you characterize a country of 1.3 billion in one fell sweeping statement. I used to think he is an intensely intelligent man. But he still has not come to terms with his disastrous stint as the coach of Indian team. Denial is clouding his judgment. India does produce leaders. Ganguly and Dhoni are good examples in cricket. We have competed well abroad, in test matches, when this team was at its peak. Their current performance is a result of failure to create proper transition plans. We will go through a transition and come out stronger.

  • Shaun_wick on March 9, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    I think the bottom line is, Indian team is not good team over seas, Specially away from sub continent. Don't worry, when India play cricket in India next time, they will win (as they can win mainly in India) and all crowd will back to India. I am totally confused how this kind of team became as a world champions. Are they really world championship?

  • CornerstoneGreen on March 9, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    India's strength is totally being Indian and all that goes with it. Indians cannot become australian and vice versa. India lost everything under this greg. Indians were successful as Indians. And just tuning that alone will bring winning days back. Some misunderstanding in dressing room and lot of old players. That is the problem. Australians are sitting in another man's land. That's how their leadership qualities too will be. We Indians won't do that. In cricket as well. We will win in our own terms, not Greg's.

  • soumyas on March 9, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Vishal_07 , u r damm right

  • Abdurrazaaq on March 9, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Indian cricketers struggled with the conditions and most of the key players were off form. It could happen to any team.

  • annys on March 9, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    sub continent teams are bad at test cricket, oh yes australia can you play offspin hahaha your best batsman mr pointing could'nt defend against offspinners hahahha what a shame:)

  • rahulcricket007 on March 9, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    INDIANS WEREN'T INTERESTED IN TEST CRICKET . CAN CHAPPELL EXPLAINS ME WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN LAST ASHES WHICH THEY LOSE TO ENG BY 3-1 AT HOME , WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN 2008 & 2010 INDIAN TOUR . WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN CAPETOWN TEST (47 ALL OUT OR I CAN SAY 21/9 )? DOES AUS TEAM LOSE INTEREST FROM TEST CRICKET DURING THAT PERIOD OR AUS DOESN'T HAVE LEADER WHICH CAN WIN ASHES ? BE READY FOR A THRASHING IN INDIA LATER . WE R ALREADY PREPARING DUST BOWLS IN CHENNAI , DELHI . MOHALI WILL ALSO HELP SPINNER .

  • on March 9, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Look, as a foreign based Indian, I have to agree with Greg - he is spot on. Our players are amongst the most talented in the world -- but they tend to collapse when faced with determined opposition, especially when touring England and Australia. Less so when touring other (less culturally aggressive and, yes, less white cultures). We have beaten "them" at home and abroad, but less often and less convincingly. What is this due to if not cultural/psychological? Its a national issue, not just a cricket one. Look at the great Leander Paes -- a nobody as a singles player, but a world beater when paired with a european partner. Back to Indian cricket -- hire a team psychologist and get back onto a winning habit.

  • Vishal_07 on March 9, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Greg Chappell is unique. He is the only person ever who has been fired by the BCCI and considering the administrators, selectors, and players BCCI is involved with, that is quite an achievement. Of course he is sulking, since he got fired India attained #1 Test ranking and won the World Cup, but after the England and Australia tours he got his opportunity to come out and speak against the Indian team and India and he did it.

  • wake_up_india on March 9, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Besides Don Bradman, name one famous Australian leader of anything. Couldn't name a single? Sorry, time up.

  • ajoshi2 on March 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    There is a grain of truth in what he says. But how can you characterize a country of 1.3 billion in one fell sweeping statement. I used to think he is an intensely intelligent man. But he still has not come to terms with his disastrous stint as the coach of Indian team. Denial is clouding his judgment. India does produce leaders. Ganguly and Dhoni are good examples in cricket. We have competed well abroad, in test matches, when this team was at its peak. Their current performance is a result of failure to create proper transition plans. We will go through a transition and come out stronger.

  • Shaun_wick on March 9, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    I think the bottom line is, Indian team is not good team over seas, Specially away from sub continent. Don't worry, when India play cricket in India next time, they will win (as they can win mainly in India) and all crowd will back to India. I am totally confused how this kind of team became as a world champions. Are they really world championship?

  • CornerstoneGreen on March 9, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    India's strength is totally being Indian and all that goes with it. Indians cannot become australian and vice versa. India lost everything under this greg. Indians were successful as Indians. And just tuning that alone will bring winning days back. Some misunderstanding in dressing room and lot of old players. That is the problem. Australians are sitting in another man's land. That's how their leadership qualities too will be. We Indians won't do that. In cricket as well. We will win in our own terms, not Greg's.

  • soumyas on March 9, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Vishal_07 , u r damm right

  • Abdurrazaaq on March 9, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Indian cricketers struggled with the conditions and most of the key players were off form. It could happen to any team.

  • annys on March 9, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    sub continent teams are bad at test cricket, oh yes australia can you play offspin hahaha your best batsman mr pointing could'nt defend against offspinners hahahha what a shame:)

  • rahulcricket007 on March 9, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    INDIANS WEREN'T INTERESTED IN TEST CRICKET . CAN CHAPPELL EXPLAINS ME WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN LAST ASHES WHICH THEY LOSE TO ENG BY 3-1 AT HOME , WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN 2008 & 2010 INDIAN TOUR . WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS IN CAPETOWN TEST (47 ALL OUT OR I CAN SAY 21/9 )? DOES AUS TEAM LOSE INTEREST FROM TEST CRICKET DURING THAT PERIOD OR AUS DOESN'T HAVE LEADER WHICH CAN WIN ASHES ? BE READY FOR A THRASHING IN INDIA LATER . WE R ALREADY PREPARING DUST BOWLS IN CHENNAI , DELHI . MOHALI WILL ALSO HELP SPINNER .

  • on March 9, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Look, as a foreign based Indian, I have to agree with Greg - he is spot on. Our players are amongst the most talented in the world -- but they tend to collapse when faced with determined opposition, especially when touring England and Australia. Less so when touring other (less culturally aggressive and, yes, less white cultures). We have beaten "them" at home and abroad, but less often and less convincingly. What is this due to if not cultural/psychological? Its a national issue, not just a cricket one. Look at the great Leander Paes -- a nobody as a singles player, but a world beater when paired with a european partner. Back to Indian cricket -- hire a team psychologist and get back onto a winning habit.

  • Vishal_07 on March 9, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Greg Chappell is unique. He is the only person ever who has been fired by the BCCI and considering the administrators, selectors, and players BCCI is involved with, that is quite an achievement. Of course he is sulking, since he got fired India attained #1 Test ranking and won the World Cup, but after the England and Australia tours he got his opportunity to come out and speak against the Indian team and India and he did it.

  • wake_up_india on March 9, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Besides Don Bradman, name one famous Australian leader of anything. Couldn't name a single? Sorry, time up.

  • Marcio on March 9, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Telling it like it is is not a part of Asian culture, but it is in many other cultures. Of course Chappell has said nothing different than the content of thousands of Indians moaning about their team on the internet all year, with the added discussion on leadership. But Chappell is a foreigner, and even worse, a white person. Chappell G effigies, get 'em here while they last! Matches not included.

  • on March 9, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Agree 100% with Greg Chappel. Its time for a re-thick on test cricket especially overseas tours outside the sub-continent.Its also high time for a generational change in Indian cricket.

  • on March 8, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    few points are valid but still i feel Greg Chappell points his finger on Indian cricketers to improve his sells.

  • on March 8, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Just the other day, India were the world's best. Now all of a sudden, after 2 series losses, their entire history and culture is considered inferior. This is what the Media does for a living.

  • on March 8, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    yeah now he can sell 10 more books

  • on March 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    I am sure Ganguly would come up with an answer for this.....

  • on March 8, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    As a New Zealander, reading these comments is so funny. Go Greg chappel!

  • on March 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    LOL article.. May be India wasnt interested in cricket at all ..they just came down under to do some shopping!

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Look who is talking about RESPONSIBILITY!!!! what a joke!

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    At least Chappell did not mention seeing Indian batsmen shaking with fear against fast bowlers :) Seriously though, he might have a couple of good points here. But there was a lot of hyperbole too.

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    The book will sell more now. Greg Chappell is marketing it very well. I appreciate his comment on Indian cricket and test team future but never knew that he has become a guru on culture too. He needs to check Indian history well to know how many leaders have we produced.

  • keptalittlelow on March 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan, however this ridiculous statement shows Mr. Chappel is only talking to spice up the things to sell his book. Not so long ago India were No.1 test team in the world, where Mr. Chappel was then?

  • raghublr on March 8, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    no need to get angry @ Greg's comments. being Australian he is bound to speak his mind. if we introspect, it is 100% true that in next 10 years Test cricket will cease to exist for various reasons but prominent one being that India and its board has no passsion left for this. it is good development if it happens though lot of them may feel sad as 5 days of involvment is too much in this time crunched world

  • PD_Atl on March 8, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Good luck work your work of fiction!!!!

  • on March 8, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Test in India suffer because there are no new faces and no energy in the team, and the big 3 are the culprit here. Infact , we will never know if this format survives in India , because on one hand you have a format , that is zero energy and full of losses and on the other hand you have formats like IPL and ODI that is generating interest. If the selectors dont drop tnon performers and bring some fresh faces into the team , then other formats will catch the imagination of people all around.

  • bbumbum on March 8, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    I am of Indian origin. Lets not get defensive. Greg has a point there, Indian culture doesnt breed leaders, period. Analyse the statistics of Indian Cricket. We have always had talented players, never a strong captain. I am sure Indians are as talented as anybody else but the system doesnt cultivate leaders, which jeopardize their overall success. Thats a fact, maybe we should acknowledge that and try to fix it rather than getting defensive. Leadership doesnt mean, just having one strong captain, Leadership across the whole cricket food chain in India. The cricket control board, the selectors and everyone. Lets be honest, does any body see ..a vision? (leaders got to have vision), do you see the stakeholders making gutsy decision and stand by it or held accountable?. If any leadership existed in Indian cricket, pensioners like Dravid, Tendulkar etc. and the whole bunch of unfit paper tigers wouldnt be dragging the team down today.

  • on March 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Greg Chappell pl do not comment about Indian Culture. The highest culture in this Universe & every body respect our culture. Yes we have lost to Eng 4-0 & also to Aus 4-0. No doubt about it. We accept reality. When Aus won the tourmament then Capt Ricky Ponting pushed Mr. Shard Pawar ICC President to lift the cup.Is this the Culture of Australians.We bow our heads down & walk so that there are no pit falls. When we keep head high we can land into a pit where we cannot come out. Next time when Ind travels to Eng & Aus definately they are going to win the series & come. Yes we do respects our elders which is very important.Parents are the first teachers where the child starts learning. Mathru devo Bhava which means we respect our mother, Pithru Devo Bhava We respect our Father,Guru Devo Bhava which means we respect our teachers & finally Athithi Devo Bhava we respect our guests.This is very important in an human beings life to find a wife or husband.

  • bulldo on March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I am sure what Greg said was very true. and when these cricketers say for anyone get a chance to lead or take a decision of their own; they keep arguing among each other. reason is very simple, they are not a able to take a logical decision come what may. 1996 world cup semi final was a typical eg

  • on March 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    yea. its true Mr. Chappell never really liked India, and from the looks of things he still doesn't i still don't understand his grudge. I mean Aussies haven't beaten India on home soil. Yea recently they have not been doing well outside but who is to blame for that. I blame BCCI for not giving Indians for chances when it comes to tests outside India. I hope the upcoming tours will help the youngsters of India to build and that will def shut Chappell. As far as 20-20 is concerned, indians are masters at that. Sorry Mr. Chappell just cause Aussies can't win doesn't mean you go about blaming the Indians. We didn't really ask you did we? get a life for yourself. And when it comes to 50 over cricket, let's just not go there. i mean India were the CHAMPIONS OF 2011 WORLD CUP .. wait should i remind you again WE WERE THE CHAMPS OF 2011 WORLD CUP NOT THE AUSSIES, so get the FACTS RIGHT.

  • Vikram_Afzulpurkar on March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Well said, Greg! Indian cricket took a leap for the better since Greg Chappel lambasted establishments and individuals in India, in 2007. Sure, Chappell's term as coach was terminated but our team won the T20 World cup and grew in stature. It was after all constructive criticism. About the pom reference, after all he was addressing an Aussie audience and talking about his book. He hasn't assumed a colonial mentality. Is merely saying that even the Brits were wrong in not assigning responsibility to the people they meant to groom. We Indians just don't know how to call a spade a spade. And we will fail unfailingly as a result. It's okay to not change. But to make a witch of him because we think our methods are perfect is taking away his fundamental liberties. He's the one guy who's not mollycoddling India for better business deals. Other Aussie ex players were busy praising Raina and Ishant two years ago as the next superstars of Indian cricket. Are they even stars today?

  • micklem on March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Indians can tel againl that that chappell damaged indian cricket.But he is very right.He laid foundation for the later part of the team's glory in ofcourse some favourable conditions.What ever he saying is right only.

  • taniap on March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Some points he makes are very true about Indian culture - and it shows in both the Indian team's performance and their selection criteria. However, I think Chappel is still smarting from getting a bad deal with India and Ganguly.

  • on March 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    @SpeedCricketThrills: And he is bang on! (I am an Indian living in India btw)

  • on March 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. -Albert Einstein

    If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. - Max Mueller (German scholar)

    Mark Twain said: India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

    French scholar Romain Rolland said: If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    MR . CHAPPELL . POMS NOT ONLY RULED INDIA . THEY RULED OVER ENTIRE WORLD . OK . ALSO YOUR AUS TEAM IS NOT THAT GOOD . AUS HAS ONLY FOUND SUCCESS AGAINST INDIA IN PAST 2 YEARS . WHILE ENG , SA , PAK EVEN NZ HAD DEFEATED AUS IN TESTS . ALSO IF YOU R WATCHING TRI SERIES YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE SL BATSMEN ARE MAKING A MOCKERY OF HILFENAUS , PATTINSON . SO , ALL THE TALKS ABOUT AUSTRALIA BY ANALYSISTS ON AUS AGAIN RISING IS FALSE .

  • TheGreatBCCI on March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Chappel, we are Guided by our elders parents teachers coaches. you misunderstood indian realtions because you are from Aussie where you have not seen much. We are Guided not lead.. please understand, if not travel to india once more and learn from your mistakes. comments wont sell books..

  • zapeta on March 8, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Mr Greg, Indian Culture is the most unique culture in the World. yes we are looked after by PArents Teachers Coaches but one thing is we "INDIANS ARE GUIDED BY OUR PARENTS/TEACHERS/COACHES TO LEAD THE WORLD" that is proven all over the world. we respect our elders and we learn from them... leading is what we have in our Blood. SAurav ganguly was true leader and tried to lead the coach also, thats where we lost a great leader... we became NO.1 Test side, WC 2011 Champions and first T20 Champions.. Indian cricket bought International Credibility and your book will only be sold if you make comments on INDIA... great job

  • NumberXI on March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I think the final comment on this whole story should belong to the man who penned Australia's post-Ashes report. Greg Chappell, he suggested, should not be let anywhere near an Australian dressing room! And see the magic it has worked for Australia!

  • maddy20 on March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    @Sreerang That was the best comment I have read on cricinfo. Not surprisingly, all of it is true!

  • on March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Look who's speaking about Indian culture.Cricket is the mostly played and adored game in India than in any other country. Despite Hockey being our national game, you can find small children playing cricket in every street. This is the love that we have towards cricket. And coming to the cricketers, they have proved themself by being No.1 in Test Cricket recently. The present team hasnt had much of an experience in Test Cricket. I am sure they will bounce back shortly. You guys will have to watch the 'crocodiles festival'.

  • JohnnyRook on March 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Just curious why do people who prefer tests look down upon those who prefer ODIs ot T20. The fact of business is that tests do not pay as much as ODIs. And if trend contines, 5 day tests will die. Just like timeless tests died. I am sure timeless test lovers said the same thing about 5 day tests as test lover are saying now. Only thing test lovers can do is to buy two tickets instead of one. That will help tests a lot, more than complaining about T20s/ODIs anyways. PS : I hate IPL, it is crass ugly disgusting and has very low quality cricket. But I don't blame players, organizers or its fans. I just don't watch it.

  • heartbreakerz on March 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    i dont think MS Dhoni will ever score 200 runs...let alone 329 runs...

  • Mazkozi on March 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Greg is publishing a book and he needs to market it. What a better way to market than bashing team India!!. In the past many have done it and Greg is merely following the same path.

    Going through words of Greg, it is pretty evident that he is venting his anger on the way he was thrown out from coaching team India.

    All that I want to say on "Indians weren't really interested in Test cricket" is .. Remember the test match where Australians where thrashed after forcing follow-on on India. Let the innings of Dravid and Laxman in that match flow through your memory lane Greg.

  • Sandyn88 on March 8, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I am a Fijian who happens to live in NZ. My great grand parents were from India. they worked hard, struggled but rebelled against the British, settled in Fiji, started from scratch at a time when cannibalism was still practiced in Fiji but set the platform for us today (almost 100 years from then). They had foresight. They were leaders. They were like many Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans back then and who are now. They knew the right from the wrong. Hence, today we know how to control ourselves. Asians live all over the world and own/work in some of the biggest companies of the world. It is all because of the leadership our forefathers possessed and have instilled in us which we will use to lay platform for our kids. We dont see as many Australians living or working outside their 'western' comfort zones. Like someone said before, Sub continent teams dont carry their baked beans with them because they adapt better. Overall, Mr. Chappell you can't judge anyone the way you just did.

  • sandy_bangalore on March 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @HiteshDani: WHere exactly have India gone and won series? NEver beaten SA in SA, Aus in Aus and they have been playing for decades. All they beat was a weak windies and NZ, in their countries. And that too since the NZ groundsmen prepared flat pitches for the series. And a 1-0 win in eng 2007 was negated by a 4-0 loss this time. Guess you are new to cricket!!

  • on March 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Whether Greg Chapell really likes Dhoni it is not sure. This is just to snub Ganguly. Dravid took the bold decesion of declaring the innings when Sachin was nearing 200. GC himself wanted to dominate the players as a coach. Forget the Indian culture, Even Australians hate GC's attitude. He was not allowed to enter the dressing room of Australians in Sri Lankan tour though he was the selector..

  • PrajithR on March 8, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Mr. Chappell please understand that method of taking & implementing decision in a country like India (a nation with much diversity) will be different from that of ENG or AUS.... If West is so full of leaders, then why don't European Union countries merge & become one big powerful country?.... Purely because they do not have the ability to govern such a nation....Totally lost any respect I had for you today

  • PrajithR on March 8, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    LOL, AUS performance in last two tours to India.... Played 6 Tests- LOST 4, Won 0.... You have not won a test in India for 7 years.... Why is AUS so weak? Greg Chappell please explain?.... Is it because they are unable to take RESPONSIBILITY while touring India??????

  • AbAdvani on March 8, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Greg Chapell needs to take a course in "Cross Cultural Relationships" first and foremost if he plans to visit outside Australia. A lesson for BCCI when they hire the next foreign coach -test his understanding/awareness of cultures outside the one that he has been brought up in rather than just his technical understanding of the game. No wonder Gary Kirsten could achieve all that Greg Chapell could not with the same team

  • joseyesu on March 8, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    I don't like to comment as my mind oscilaates in both ways. But you are true GREG. What we have seen as Leaders are commanding than doing. But his responsibility is directing and doing

  • rukii on March 8, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    It is true that current Indian cricket team doesnt look interested in tests, BUT THE REASONS GIVEN BY CHAPPELL ARE FALSE. in pakisthan , indian and in sri lanka there is no big difference in the culture. in the past subcontinent culture was more stronger than present(parent's involvement was more than today) but there were great captains from all the three countries,imran,arjuna,kapil dev, Mansur Ali Khan. so if the culture is responsible it is the western culture which is now more mixed with subcontinent culture is responsible( bcz the values and bonds are fading away in the subcontinent)

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Test cricket is a boring format , designed for dull players like Dravid............it only tests a batsman's defence & endurance .........but doesn't test his strokeplay.................................ODI is the best cricket format that tests a batsman's all skills i.e. technique, strokeplay, endurance, fitness ..all.............................hence the best ODI players possess safe attacking technique like DeVilliers, Tendulkar, Amla.

  • Sreerang on March 8, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Deutsche Bank CEO: Anshu Jain, Pepsi CEO and Chairman: Indra Nooyi, Citigroup CEO: Vikram Pandit, Motorola Mobility CEO: Sanjay Jha, Berkshir Hathaway Inc, Insurance Div CEO: Ajit Jain, Adobe CEO: Shantanu Nararyan, Unilever COO: Harish Manwal, Reckitt and Benckiser CEO: Rakesh Kapoor, Mastercard CEO: Ajay Banga, Arcelor Mittal Chairman: Lakshmi Mittal. All $400 billion plus Global Companies. CEOs- Indians. I rest my case.

  • here2rock on March 8, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Greg Chappell has a misconception about Indians not being born leaders. If it was not for the Indians the game of cricket will still be run by amateurs Englishmen or Australians. It was only when Indians took high positions in ICC that the game became a commercial realty. Look at the IPL, who is lleading the way, India.The other countries are just followers trying to copy the Indian template, India leads the way. However I do agree with him that Indian cricketers don't seem to be interested in test matches as there is easy big money in IPL. It is something BCCI will need to review and correct. India will remain a power house on the field and off field. I am wishing GC all the best for the book, I am sure it is going to be a big seller.

  • sandy_bangalore on March 8, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Spot on, Greg Chappell. Harsh words, and there are exceptions, but largely what was said is true

  • murali_11 on March 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Poor comment Mr Chappell, If wining is the only parameter to measure leadership skill, In today's scenario there is no effective captain in cricketing world, Even Australia, England are defeated. Chappell made it has habit to comment on Indian, whatever you say still Indian are the world cup champions !! don't forget it!!!

  • SpeedCricketThrills on March 8, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    There is nothing wrong or insulting in what Greg has said. As a professional with strong cricketing credentials and one who has worked with Team India, he is entitled to make these observations. It is upto us, Indians, to agree or disagree. It may be his opinion, he may be right or wrong but we Indians cannot fault him for speaking out. And who knows, he may be bang on!

  • johnathonjosephs on March 8, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Its sad, but this is actually true. Many Indians who are commenting on this are probably thinking this is ridiculous because they love test cricket so much. The sad fact is, that the vast majority of INdian's 1 billion + fans only care about T20/IPL/World Cup. Very few percentage of the fans (still in the millions) care about Test Cricket. All the die hard cricket fans made cricinfo accounts and comment, so we're only going to get feedback from the strongest cricket fans. The others aren't really that much interested

  • SamuelThorpe7 on March 8, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Can we say the same thing about Australian team;s last 2 trips to India where they failed to win a single game. India for the last decade has been a giant in Test cricket and have spoiled Aussie party on numerous occasions bt only coz of one bad Australian tour(How about the last two tours when we gave the aussies run for their money and spoiled Gillys One day exit) The factors are the age with the top indian runscoreres and lack of experience in the younger boys, Aussies turning to green pitches after seeing Indian batsmen score multiple hundreds since 1999. You havent done Aus any favors who are supposed to visit India soon. Aussie team's record in India doesnt compare to what India has done on overseas trips for the last decade be it England, SA or Australia. Wining away series in England, WestIndies, NZ should tell you Mr Chappel its not all bad when India travels. The other thing is India is not strong at home, They are unbeatable UNLIKE AUSSIES. Somthing to think about.

  • on March 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Greg is correct. We are people of 120 Billion and we cannot produce a great fast bowler after Kapil Dev. We work hard to just make a team 10 down. That is not the case with Aussie or English. They have pace and can wrap the top order in a quick session.So time has come for India to setup some good camp for fast bowlers and try to prepare some pace pitches. Forget about spin for a while, inject some pace into your attack.

  • team_destroyers on March 8, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    we'll see how mentally tough Aussies are when they come to India......you can't be serious when you say that guys like Sachin, Rahul etc are not mentally tough...if they weren't they wouldn't have achieved what they have...it's fair to say though that batting hasn't fired collectively in England and now here.....but that's about it.

  • Sagar.seth1991 on March 8, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Test cricket is hard for Indians ???? Which one ?? Is it tendulakr,,,,dravid,,,,laxman,,,,,ganguly,,,,,Sehwag,,,,,,zaheer,,,,,,kumble ??? Gambhir with 11 half centuries and 5 centuries in a row !!

  • Lord_Dravid on March 8, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Greg chappell is a joke 'test cricket is tough for subcontinent teams' how about you tour asia and we'll show you how tough it is! Just like how Pak showed Eng recently by beating the 3-0!

  • on March 8, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    If India is not interested in Test Cricket...i think its a good sign for cricket. Test cricket should be banned.. Its a shame when you play a sport in an empty stands of 50,000 capacity. No point playing 5 days cricket. Let Australia nd England master their TEST CRICKET. Every body say 5 day Test is real "test" cricket. What a joke!!!! Do you mean that playing soccer for 5 or 6 hours instead of 90 minutes will be a bigger test. Then all the supporters of Test cricket should support for 10 days test cricket with 4 innings each side.. that will be even more bigger test...

  • Oreo-z on March 8, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Even if Greg's comments and assumptions are to be believed, they are uncalled for and should not go unnoticed. Instead of making some worthwhile contributions to the Cricket world, based on his experience and observation of Cricket proper, GC is hell bent on degrading Indian Cricket and Culture. This obviously is his personal vendetta against India and an attempt to redeem himself from the humiliation and rejection, as a failed Cricket coach of Team India. GC's comments reflect emotional immaturity and lack of Professionalism on his part.

  • Bone101 on March 8, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I think these comments by GC are over the top. Definitely a ploy to sell some books. The Indian Test team is merely going through a rough patch like everyone else does. I don't think it will take them too long to rebuild.

  • Maharjani on March 7, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Just rubbish! Pure Greg Chappel brand!

  • Cricket_theBestGame on March 7, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    chapples comment about indian culture is out right offensive.period. how dare he to point the finger at their culture just because he thinks their test cricket is not good?? also England should be offended as well. i don't like T20 because its hurting test cricket...but then why all aust cricketers queuing up in IPL to make it rich? in the past you don't see this buddy buddy thing between ind and aust. now you see at the end of the match or in the match aust players showing friendliless to indians because they want to keep playing IPL..

    not only that a survey last year in aust showed alot of players around aust preferred t20 to tests!! so much for your theory greg!

  • Nutcutlet on March 7, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    This is an interesting aticle. Of course it's just one opinionated Aussie's take on the malaise that afflicts India's lack of interest (which is not disinterest, for all of you who care about the accurate use of words) in TC. He's right in one respect. India is plainly not interested in Tests - that much has been obvious since the Indian tourists arrived in England last summer. Everything that's happened since then( 8 straight defeats without a semblance of a genuine contest) underscores that rather obvious conclusion. As to whether he is right to ascribe this lack of stomach for the white heat of Test cricket to being subdued by the Brits, I very much doubt. Colonial power ceased in 1947 (& like it or not, cricket, along with a common language which made national unity & interaction with the rest of the world straightforward, are lasting & great gifts to a great nation.) No, IMO, history cannot be blamed for current short-comings. Look in the mirror, BCCI! There is your problem.

  • A.Ak on March 7, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I dont know whether people remember this or not, India were number.1 test team three series ago. I dont know what made people like Chappell talk like this. Is this because it was austrlia who won the series?

  • on March 7, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    He is spot on...but indians might think of it as a negative thought from him... it is not... he is just saying what he feels and many outside india would agree... indians are great businessmen and i take money over leardership anyday:D

  • sports99 on March 7, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    "They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders.". Hmm...Leadership never comes to a person by training, thats always comes as a natural thing or a person evolves as a leader by circumstances. There is no point in bringing indian culture here. Why nobody talked when Indians were No. 1 test team, It just that when team performs bad everybody try to put their 2 cents to come up with some theory. Mark my words and give another 2 to 3 years for the team and you can see what the new breed of young cricketers are capable of and what they can bring to the test team. Imagine if we had the series ended as 2-2 nobody have the dare to talk about aging seniors or issues with youngsters technique. At the EOD batsman have to nake runs, bowlers have to take wickets no matter how great leader the captain is or how well BCCI manages the internal affairs.

  • kockneyred on March 7, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Whilst Chappell is likely to be right about the Indians lack of appetite for test cricket, because of the renumeration the shorter forms of the game have on modern day Indian cricketers. I must disagree with the notion that all sub-continent teams have the same mentality, and that they play tests 'spasmodically'. The only reason for this is because of a historical disadvantage and a monopoly held by England and Australia on the length of tours to the sub-continent. The perfect example is the lack of test cricket that is played against Sri Lanka; the up-coming series only consisting of two test matches, why not four or dare I say it, five like in the Ashes. The only way test cricket will flourish is to introduce parity, each country plays each other the same number of times etc, this will lend to the idea of a legitimate Test Championship.

  • Ra_Thore on March 7, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Desperate times call desperate measures by oldie. Greg Chappel was often intimated by Ganguly's presence.

  • on March 7, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    GC needs some general knowledge lessons....FOR SURE...

  • herodotus on March 7, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    GC is unable to handle the fact that Indian leadership has greatly expanded World cricket and that Australia and England are no longer dictating terms like they did for many decades, and that Indians are now holding several cricketing records including the World Cup. Besides the global leadership provided by Indians in various industries, make it clear that GC is just frustrated at the rising Asian countries. Besides he is also trying to sell his book which has a very small market in Australia, so good luck GC!

  • bigwonder on March 7, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Nice publicity. Lots of holes in Chappell's arguments, contradictions, etc. Bottom line, take an aim at the mass and you will get everyone's attention. By the way when are Chappell brothers are retiring from all forms of cricket including talking about it?

  • howsthat on March 7, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Mr. Greg Chappell.. I am no fan of Shard Pawar. But tell me who is ICC's supremo? Isn't he an Indian? And he is running ICC for many years and also handling his portfolio in Indian ministry. Which Aussie or Eng 'leader' can even think of doing this? And wasn't Dalmiya also the chief for many years? Well accept this - you can love Indians or hate them - you just can't ignore them. At least for Cricket, they are too big to rebuke. So use your words wisely.

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    This oldie is mad. he just want to sell his book by commenting about India.

  • Votreami on March 7, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    So true. Excellent point made by Greg Chappell. Having lived in India for over two decades (and then moved to the West), I completely agree with Chappell. Knowing that he would be facing mounting criticism from Indians, he still had the courage to be forthright and say what he means. His judgement about Indians is absolutely right. Even Pakistan can make better leaders than Indians.

  • lakx_s on March 7, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Even when he is talking about cricket he has absolutely no idea what he is saying. Now he speaks of Indian culture, colonization(Poms) etc.of which he has no idea. He says parents make the decisions, abosolutely wrong. If you look at adults in west their parents are not involved in any decisions, in India they are. But it is not what it looks like. Western adults are like that because while growing up their parents make all the decisions and they always look at Indian parents as if to say "learn to control your kid" but Indians give their kids lot more freedom and let them decide much more than in western culture. This is the reason when they grow up they still love and respect their parents enough to allow them to give inputs for their decisions. But typically most of the adults make the decisions and get approval/blessings from their parents. Marraige decisions are an exception in some areas but Indian culture again typically does not force so it is more a case of opposition to some.

  • fataquie on March 7, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Mr. Chappell's stunt has worked to spark over 100 comments! He probably just needs to be refreshed that the recent WC 2011 Semi-Finals were contested by 3/3 top sub-continent sides; every WC Final since 1999 has had at least one sub-continent side; there are more Test records (of wins, etc.) are held by the sub-continent than the rest of the world combined. The sub-continent teams visit more of non-subcontinent teams and not the other way around. It is not the subcontinent players who get soo homesick to bring their own cans of food when visiting Aus and Eng. His remark about the British teaching us well to put our head down, was not called for. Where I work, in a very technological company, most of the leaders are from the subcontinent.

    Mr. Chappell, the subcontinent teams and culture is changing the world you live in, better get used to it. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan cultures are very very similar....if you insult one of us..you insult all of us! From a Pakistani

  • ARad on March 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Leadership is not only about raising your head above the parapet. It is about getting things done but... sometimes it is necessary to put your head above the parapet to tell the rest of the people where to go. This is what is needed when a team is in trouble. Even then, how you put your head above the parapet is not something that can be only done in one particular way. Sometimes ASIANS APPEAR TO LACK LEADERSHIP QUALITIES when they are viewed by others who think in a 'provincial' manner (since they think that there is only one universally applicable method to solve every problem.)

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    GC is unfortunately correct about indian culture. Indians are aware of this viz 3 idiots, Aarakshan (parents complain about teachers forcing memorization on kids). Every article in the education section of any indian newspaper is exactly what GC stated which is why they have educational conference with western educators to address this issue. Why he stated this is anyone's guess but indians know it is true.

  • JamesKnight on March 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Greg Chappell. Indian test cricket is declining. Need a leader which India do not seem to have. Dhoni is only good enough for limited overs cricket.

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    true to some extent but he cannot stereotype all indians...he may be a cricketing great but has definitely lost all respect after this comment..!!

  • FNLN on March 7, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Greg Chappell is spot on.

  • VishyRules on March 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    No wonder.Obviously is getting old and he seems to be loosing his mind.Chappell brothers are known for these kind of wise comments.But this ramble tops everything.Ha ha.

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Publicity stunt.

    By referring to 2 billion people, he has garnered the much needed attention from the cricketing world. Without such comments nobody would've give a damn about him or his book.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Whilst I agree with Greg Chappell on his comments about the poor leadership development in India due to inherent culture, he has mis-stated many items. He called Dhoni un-indian via his approach of "putting his head above the parapet". The fact is Dhoni looked great as long as the Fab 3 performed. In Australia they did not. This is where a great leader finds alternatives instead of same XI, batting order & field placing.Actually the leadership needs to start from the top - BCCI. While Australia spends $20 Million P.A. in player development, how much does India spends from its huge profit of $39 Million? A Board with right leadership can do wonders.Also the leadership is inherent quality & sometimes comes out as too outgoing in Indian culture, which tends to shoot such great leaders - e.g. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, as too ambitious! In the present Indian team, Kohli has inherent qualities & can be developed as next Captain with polishing of rough edges.Next generation may be Kohli-like!?

  • lakx_s on March 7, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    How did Mr.Chappell learn the Indian culture, especially the part about "parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions". He never had an Indian parent or an Indian school teacher or an Indian coach. On the contrary reality seems to be just the opposite. If Indians allow their coaches to make the decisions then why did he have a problem in coaching Indians? Was it b'cos he was bad at making the decisions? But it is said many players never liked his decisions, i.e. did not want the coach to make the decision. He himself has spoken about such incidents. We see that many Indian subcontinent players have unconventional bowling action or batting style, which again shows that they did not let the "coaches make the decisions" to change it. In schools many teachers may be making their decision but FYI it is "The Poms" system.India before that had gurukul systems where the student can even decide if he wants to pay fees or not

  • PureTom on March 7, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Uhm, read between the lines. Chappel is launching his book, nothing like a little publicity at times like that. Easiest way to make the front page? Criticise Team India. Agree or not, his comments just sold him more books than he would have otherwise.

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    BEST WAY TO SELL YOUR BOOK........ALTHOUGH MR.CHAPPEL Ws never gud coach but at least he has shown world he is gud in business of selling books.....simple theorm of chappel....''CREATE CONTROVERSY AND SELL UR BOOK IN OZ AND INDIA.....''

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    No one respects Greg Chappell in India and these comments are one of those reasons..

  • GururajDesai on March 7, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    I have always admired Greg for his cricketing knowledge and the aggression that he tries to spark in. He had the great intention of taking Indian cricket to the next level when he was the coach, but unfortunately, he had no idea on how to deal with our culture and our players didn't respond to his one to one sort of direct approach. Ideally, a great leader is NOT the one who tries to dominate each and every one, but actually works behind to get the work done smoothly and doesn't take the credit! Also, Indian culture is of a very rich one and always the cultural differences exist between every nation/part of the world and i do agree that a major part of India is still the same as he thinks but it is very fast approaching to be one of the most potent nation in the world with the amount of talent that youth possess along with the rightly developed attitude (Leadership).Take Kohli, Raina and Irfan for Ex.

  • gugs.aujla on March 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I dont see anything worng in his comments... Indian system is geared towards producing stocks and not leaders

  • PratUSA on March 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I think these are types of things he used to say to Indian cricketers that made them turned against him and he failed in his job as coach of India's team. It is a funny thing to say that some of the best test cricketers ever were not interested in test cricket. Lets just smile and move on. Book will sell now :).

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Greg.....Producing Mahatma Gandhi to the world is one of the things I think it is India's contribution........I feel you should stick to cricket and nothing else.

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Greg, you are completely wrong. your comments may be based on some old India of 50s and 60s. things have changed. People in India may not be that aggressive as Aussies.However, being soft doesn't mean that we don't produce leaders. There are more important things in life other than cricket. So just don't generalize your opnions based on cricket team's recent form.

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Mr Chappell is right to an extent. There's a reason India has been ruled 1000 years by foreigners and it's successful period in cricket was when there was a foreign coach, Indians are not born leaders

  • ultrasnow on March 7, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    I think this time he's crossed the line and gone a little to far. Like Sehwag said we are soft because we are like that only. So let's just accuse Greg of getting personal and give him the benefit of the doubt (let's not accuse him of being rascist). Because we are like that only.

  • ranjeetc on March 7, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    I don't consider Greg Chappell to be an inspiring coach for either Australia or India or any other country. Most of his comments are too general and judgemental to be taken seriously. His point of view about the "India" he saw is strictly from the world he encountered around him. You can't simply make foolhardy statements about the rest of the billion people based on limited observations,. But I do agree that kids have a hard time with decision making because of the interference by parents and society, the youth of India don't need Greg Chappell to remind us that, this is an ongoing cultural challenge that kids are eventually going to change . But this is not the case with every individual in a country of Billion ! And since when is bowling underarm to win a game considered a sign of leadership ?

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    I agree with Greg Chappell on this article for most of the part..and yes I am an Indian living in India. The present team loves making millions with minimum amount of effort....T20 is what the players love. A fat pay cheque after every game thats all they care for now....sad but true! I saw all of the 4 test matches and I did not find India even looking to give a fight back...

    Before calling names and flaming on Chappell, please analyze the Indian tour of England/Australian and then try to prove him wrong! I think he has still been kind of not thrashing India for not even playing 50 Cricket properly....Look at Lanka, they are giving Australia a run for their money every time they come to the field.

    Egos higher than Mt. Everest, big mouth and zero performance = Current Indian Team

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Chappell is rude but his comments here are truthful. Test cricket is all that a cricket lover would love to watch and play..Rest all is money making business

  • itismenithin on March 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I think many people didn't interpret correctly what Chappel said. Fault lies with Sidharth Monga for writing "Chappell then spoke about what was wrong with the Indian culture". He only said Indian culture is not a team culture which doesn't suite a team sport like cricket.

  • hhillbumper on March 7, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Why does every post on India end up being some great racist statement. As some posters on here say colonialism was two generations ago so when does that stop being an excuse? he made some points which have some validity and some are not so valid but why some people have to bring racism into this and yet be so racist themselves is an irony.

  • sagsaw on March 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Who is Greg Chappel to comment on Indian Culture?

    He is free to comment on cricket ...

  • IndianaJones79 on March 7, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Just because team is not in form, and chips are down, these Aussies are making harsh comments..If Indians were so down, how come they won 2 world cup, how come Aussie could not beat them in India, How come India performed well in Aussie as well as other countries...??????

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    the poms taught us really well to keep our heads down? what did the poms teach u greg? lets just keep this to cricket shall we? if test cricket is that important to australia y doesnt CA forbid its players from playin odis and t20s? do u have the balls to do that? heavens sake we won the world cup recently..and it was coz of the good leader..it was a team effort... greg its nt that Indians dont have a good leader..the problem is in that dressing room where everybody wants to be a leader..result? the egos clash and things go haywire.. I wont blame the players for the current 'test' failures..its the bcci...look at the players...they lack the hunger and the will..y? answer is simple..excessive cricket... seems like the ipl franchisees have asked the players to play at gun point..y else wud u have a gambhir playing 11 consecutive games with an abnormal shoulder.. every player needs a good amount of break..u play for 6 months..and the rest 6 months take rest and spend time with your famly

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    And the Australian system is so great ? Australia is headed for a deep recession - wat is so great about that ? Australian leaders fight and bicker as much as Indian leaders...what is so great about that ? This fool Chappel should think before he speaks ! Although the Indian culture may produce youth that are somewhat submissive, the Australian culture does not produce leaders that think first before speaking ! Anyway, the sad fact is that the Australians need the Indians to be interested in test cricket since India is the only country now (amongst the 4) with money to invest in the game. South Africa, England, Australia and NZ governments do not have much money to waste on cricket - they have more pressing issues with their own economy. So Australia needs India badly...otherwise, test cricket will just wither away and Australia will lose its own importance in the game. So Chappel's comments are just rantings of a frustrated old man that does not want to see test cricket die !

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    100% objective and honest. The rarely spoken truth of Indian cricket. I can imagine the kind of backlash the Indian fans will give to these comments by Chappell but they'll need to distort reality to believe that any of this is unfair criticism.

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    greg is always right and he walks his talk. He analised we indians better than many politicians and greats. Indians lack leadership qualities and afraid to take decisions. Our batting order is decided in the drawing rooms of selectors. We want greg to be back as coach and gunguly back as capt to regain our lost glory. Is BCCI listening????????????

  • Sri_chicago on March 7, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Greg Chappell says it like he sees it. That's the one reason India didnt work out for him. Any true Indian would know that a lot of what Greg has said here is inherently true. He does go a little overboard when talking about avoiding responsibility but in general he is absolutely correct. Pity is, India will never change - and all of us true indians know that as well. For every one Indian who wants to do it differently there are three others who will get in his way. Sad tale of India.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I agree with the Greg's analysis of the Indian approach. Conformity is important, giving respect and subjugating your opinion to that of the seniors is important and so on and so forth. So why mustbthis be onsidered a weakness!!!!!!

    Why can we not acknowledge these as characteristics that are inherent in our culture and use them to produce results - create a team that gives its all, plays hard but fair. We don't have to subscribe to the Aussie way of sticking ones head out as the only way to succeed.

  • kmakeit on March 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I will have to agree with GC absolutely. Dhoni has been the exception; I would say he is the best captain India has ever seen. I hope Srikanth (Selectors) reads this article. GC is right in the sense that money has become more of a driving factor than the pride. However money based IPL may produce some good all rounders in the coming years. I would not agree completely with GC that India does not have leaders we have tonne of them; it is the seniority stupid. It should be totally driven on metrics not by the seniority!

  • stormy16 on March 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Interesting comments and despite it sounding a bit harsh Chappel raises some interesting thoughts. The one thing I will point out is India were #1 in test and current WC winners. He also seems to say Indians are not great leaders but Dhoni is a great leader!! There are cultural differences between the west and asia which have an impact on the feild and chappel is right about the culture forcing decisions as opposed to making their own decisions. All in all this will infuriate the fanaticals while raising thought provoking debates amongst the rest.

  • crindex on March 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Good reading. On target just as his (Greg Chappell) captaincy and batting was !

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Chappell's mistake here is that he generalizes about a culture that he has some, but not a full understanding of.

  • avinash900 on March 7, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Hi Frds,

    I want to mention two points here. 1)I think greg comments only related to indian cricket. But i hope that greg have enough maturity that how to speak infront of media.

    2)Why all of you are cursing greg. Its simple fact. When you want to sell thing, you should have publicity. He is doing the same. Simple business rule bu hitting gold box(Indian cricket). U r smart greg but its not right :))

  • popcorn on March 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Greg Chappell always called a spade a spde,and if some people don't lke what he says, he couldn't care less.

  • Cricswap on March 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    These comments are coming from Chappell at only now... i.e. years after he finished coaching India........ I bet all this is kust for promoting his Book that's released.....!! Chappell is using India again for gettin attention from Media...(that's Sic) :(

  • ReverseSweepIndia on March 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Seems like Chappel is still in 70s. Thats where he saw Indians do not had leaders. True to some extent. But in this millennium things are much different. Who heads Pepsico or Citi Bank or Vodafone? We had 2 bad series (really bad), but it has more to do with aging players and team composition. Greg has started suggesting to us but long before you were hammered by Eng and reasons were almost similar i.e. carrying baggage. You had Mich Johnson, North, Smith, some spinner just for the sake of it out of form Clark & Ponting. We had been doing the same in these 2 series. But this does not mean that it is not going to change. We had our strength in batting & we have many guys who are better than what we have at present FORM (not class). Virat got his chance, you saw him. You also had the demo of Pujara. Bowling, we never had that great. But if we have batsmen, who can pile up 500-600 regularly, our Umeshs,Ashwins & others will make other teams work harder.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Respected Mr. Chappel according to you indians are not interested in TEST and we indianS loves ONLY T20 and hardly ODI... and we are more interested in money we never take our own responsibility... You need not to explain about INDIANS because whole WORLD knows that INDIANS are EMERGING like sunshine in everyfield...... BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU.... YOU NEED MONEY AND YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR BOOK FAMOUS... THAT IS WHY ONLY FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSE YOU MAKE SUCH FULLISH COMMENT ABOUT INDIANS.... ANY ONE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT U NEED ONLY PUBLICITY FOR YOUR BOOK................... what about your former captain ponting... he gave 3 cosecutive world cup.. bt now a days u people behave with him like he has talent in him about cricket .. . SHAME ON YOU...... BUT U GOT A GREAT TRICK FOR PUBLICITY MR. CHAPPEL...

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    According to these comments Chappel is very one sided. If it were only Aus and Eng that want to preserve test cricket (SA to lesser degree of course) why would teams like India Pakistan Sri Lanka try to always be 1 of the top test sides in the world???? Why would India show so much passion (from all the comments) for test matches. Other countries play solid test cricket too. Like we are seeing between NZ and SA. Like we saw when Sri Lanka toured SA they lost 2-1 but gave SA a scare in home conditions. and the best of all Kudos to Pakistan for giving England the drubbing of a life time.

    This alone shows that the comments made by him are outdated!!!!

  • RKB21 on March 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Greg Chappell shows his lack of understanding of the Indian culture with his comments. Among other reasons, this is why he failed so miserably as India's coach whereas both John Wright before him and Gary Kirsten following him succeded with almost the same set of players. Indian culture is about cultivating the next generation and not expecting kids to fend for themselves as is the case in western societies. It produces emotionally strong adults with strong family values. Simply look at Sachin and Rahul Dravid's off-field lifestyle as compared to any of the star palyers in Australia.

  • Thomas_Ratnam on March 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Greg Chappell was a great cricketer and a wonderful batsman to watch and played in an equally impressive outfit that included his brother, Ian. PERIOD. His comments are dripping with generalizations after an exposure with a few Indian cricketers. Leadership and the milieu, mindset and psyche that underlies is not his forte. He also implies that all his parapet peeping Austrlians are leaders by virtue of their upbringing and the Indians are not. The comical inference is that all Australians are leaders and all Indians are not. I think he can eiither be ignored for his ignorance or scoffed at for his datedness or pulled up for his political incorrectness. Take your pick. He has done a great disfavour to his cricketing credentials here.

  • YNS_GoIndia on March 7, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    This coming from someone who was a disaster as a coach and has been known to have differences with many current and former players in the Indian team! Typical 'my way or highway' mentality. Nice, or I should say, cheap way of marketing the book.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    All this fuss is about how to sell your book. As most followers for Cricket come from sub-continent nations. But now these kind of tactics won't work, so Mr. Chappell stop making baseless comments, and try to save the little pride you have left as a cricketer more importantly as a person.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    i think he not telling true.if we won so wht he will be say ?indian enjoy the matches to play here in auses.it is very differnt matter.

  • Dhumper on March 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    You could just laugh at these comments from a OZ Snob with an attitude! (Now unlike him, we don't want to generalize the whole Aussie culture as a failure) - Being a Pakistani, I think we are playing some exceptional test cricket lately. We just whitewashed #1 team and Aussies just lost their dignity being thrashed by England. Ahh he seems too hurt ;-) Pakistan has a great first class setup which brings so many world beating youngsters every now and then. Apart from cricket - Pakistani/Indian culture has so many great aspects - you realize that when you live in West (USA in my case) for a good amount of time. Pakistani/Indians have great leaders in history and in present running billion $ businesses world wide and have the brightest brains. All this comes from our own culture which I believe has pros/cons like any other culture. Look, Money matters in pro-sports. If Indians like T20 then I fully support them - go rule the world! I'm sure they will also make a comeback in Test cricket!

  • barani_m1975 on March 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I completly agree with GC.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    indians deserve these comments, they are 'worth' only for IPL, which is not proper cricket.

  • Precioustar84 on March 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Never thought Dhoni was suitable for Tests and was glad his true colors of captaincy was shown in the last 2 overseas tours to those that were blind to notice due to wins. I'm a fan of Dhoni as a batsman but not at all a fan of Dhoni the test-captain. He does not belong there, and is only good for ODIs/T20s. Dhoni has been the best captain to happen in India for shorter formats but he's also the one to blame for creating rifts between players and using his "power" over Srikkanth to influence management decisions. The problem with this is again gutless BCCI who continue to ride on emotions than practicality that Chappell did not point out. Excuses like we don't have a replacement captain or bowler means you never prepared for the what-if scenario!! This lack of preparation issue exists in all areas of management but culture has nothing to do with it.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    i think GC is making a wrong comment on Indian team. we have already produced great leaders like kapil dev,sourav gangly-who made this Indian team which we are seeing currently and then M.S.Dhoni who brought world cup for us. if you are seeing to the current series we had with England and Australia i agree we suffered but in England there are injuries which is due to excessive cricket(which should be less) and Australia tour as history says it was always a difficult task for Indian team. if you forgot those two series then all those comments would not come. we are great team who can chase the target of 321 inside 37 overs that too in Australia. we have beaten in their home. sometimes you don't get it right in the way you want that may be because you took it lightly or luck is not with you. i think the second falls with the Indian team because i have not seen sachin to come from a tour without scoring a single century. so i think GC should think before speaking for whom he is speaking.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    It has been said that great followers make the best leaders, and if only Greg Chappel had followed in the footsteps of his Brother Ian (who is ranked among the best captains of his era) he might not have ended up being such a dismal coach as he was when he was in charge of the Indian cricket team.

  • binojpeter on March 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Hi Greg, I might agree with some of your observations but most seem to me just your subjective take. But anyway, but I doubt your intentions of disclosing Indian team's dressing room ambience to the public because you had the opportunity. Is it just a ploy to market your press conference and thereby your book? But you were a good cricketer but you need to reflect on your coaching career. When you were sacked as Indian coach, I initially thought it might be an Indian problem, but when you were sacked from Australian coaching job also due to poor performance, I sort of figured, where problem lies. Wright and Kirsten did a far better job than you did.

  • denza on March 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    To a certain extent GC has shown the true mirror to what exactly is wrong with the team and its cause for under performance

  • kcab on March 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Unfortunately, Mr Chappell is about eighty years too late even for a career in orientalist anthropology. From the Indian point of view, he can still make a substantial contribution to Indian cricket by managing the Australian team especially when they play India.

  • RSBali on March 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Greg is spot-on. Thanks for the honest feedback.

  • TheGame666able on March 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I don't know about all that but make sure your grandchildren are familiar with the indian languages and culture....they will moving soon to find a job.

  • Roddam on March 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    cricinfo..you should ensure your articles pertain to cricket, and not generalized to a nations culture, based on biased views of one irrelevant individual...

  • Precioustar84 on March 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Although I don't like Chappell, here I somewhat agree ...players like Sachin, VVS, Laxman, etc and maybe 1 or 2 youngsters have shown interest and are eager to perform well in tests. Other than these, I can't think of any who'd want to play Tests considering we have IPL circus now. Yes, India do not have ready-made Test batsmen, we don't have born leaders or strong athletes but that's because SPORT in general is not encouraged by parents in India. Its VERY unlike Indian to encourage a child to go out and play a sport before saying sit down and read a book! BCCI's decisions are emotional ones and money-minded than practical and professional ones, and recently its been clearly evident but I believe people like Chappell are taking it the wrong way when they think India is not interested in Tests completely. If BCCI and India truly are uninterested then I'd see them play LESS of it!! Currently we see 4+ test matches per series at home and away which suggests otherwise!!

  • srikrishsri on March 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I absolutely support greg chappel in his comments on the current indian team.... But no wonder why the same man asked to bowl a underarm just to win a match.... I am sure no one in the indian team or an indian would do this act of injustice for a victory...

  • thinktank1 on March 7, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    It's not about leadership.. It's more about talent and preparation.

  • arun25 on March 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Well done GC, you really know how to publicize your book. Bring BCCI and Indian team into picture- there you go you got the publicity you expected. Such is the power of cricket in India.

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on March 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    The guy needs attention to sell his book - but he is looking at the wrong market in my opinion, not many Indians might run to the bookstore given his general approach towards the Indian team.

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I seem to agree with his views about Indian Culture, responsibility is one thing which most Indians are scared to take, myself included ;-) Anyways having watched most of the cricket during the 90's when test cricket was at its best (my biased opinion though), I just hope that test cricket can survive, still prefer Test and One Day above T20.

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    As harsh as it sounds, I think Chappell's take on the Indian culture and attitude is on the dot. I have lived half my life in the subcontinent and the other half in the West, and having seen both sides of the coin, completely agree with him. Indian culture and for that matter, the South Asian culture has been marred by rulers (both Indian and foreign), caste system, religion etc, all of this has taught people that to be subservient will help you extend your life. This is a culture that will take a long time to change.

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Agreed that Indians were routed very badly in Test matches both in England and Australia and they deserve every bit of criticism coming from cricketing fraternity but still we cannot ignore the fact Indians were no.1 prior to their disastrous performance and they remained at the top for almost 2 years and i have my own doubt that England could surpass that period, and Mr.G.C as a senior cricketing figure it's your right to comment on performance of a team or ethics but surely you don"t have much idea about Indian culture and saying anything negative will further tarnish your image in front of Indians

  • crazyuddie on March 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    And by the way, perhaps these meek (MEEK!) Asians recognize that sport is sport, and not war!

    Good one, @Senthamil Arasu.

    And I suppose, too, that had Clarke not declared on 329, his team would have lost or the match would have been drawn, because after all, to break the world record it would have taken Clarke 72 more runs, and he certainly would have taken more than a day to do so.

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Wow if Indians were only good at avoiding responsibility, how come the indian board is the richest, Indians are already on top of global corporate ladders and just 10 of them are together managing business worth over $ 400 billion

    if you are a great leader, how come you couldnt get results in india and got fired ? A leader is someone who works in all conditions and gets results. I think you are talking about being dictators, which you were good at. Dhoni is a great leader because he can get results with any team. If Australians are good at leading how come australia is no where on the world stage in anything else ? I feel you are a still a bit hurt about getting fired and not making the money from BCCI that you thought you could make.

  • hagar009 on March 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    he is so true abut breeding of leaders, indians they just don't have the killer instinct in them.... just see there fast bowlers a nation of more than 1100 million cant produce a single bowler who can deliver +150 Km ball ........ and also they are just good individual players, they don't have match winners.... totally agree with chapel.......

  • sashi94 on March 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    GC was the same man who exclaimed, "Who've you ever seen hit an attempted yorker for a six" when talking about a young Dhoni. He was the coach of India then and after several isues, he was kicked out. Here he is today, doing what hes done best during his cricketing career.. Underarming below the belt, his solution to lifes problems.

  • mepari on March 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    It's now very clear why Greg failed as coach terribly. Rather than focusing on coaching, he formed perspectives on cultures. All three sub-continent nations have won World Cups and produced great leaders in Ganguly, Dhoni, Ranatunga, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev just to name a few in modern era. Can Greg substantiate why England could not win a World Cup with his so called culture funda? He made a mess by linking culture to cricketing skills. He can't be more wrong by saying Indians weren't interested in test cricket. Not long ago, India was number one in tests and just look at the test records held by Indians.

  • crazyuddie on March 7, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan Your assessment is perfect. That's exactly why the Chinese are gradually becoming the top nation in the world: because, after all, they are not leaders. And that is also why, though the entire west has been struggling through a super economic crisis, but China and India have still posted 7-8% growth rates. Just because they are NOT leaders! In a sense, you've to let growth happen to you without stubbornly being all leader-like and refusing it.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 7, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    why are some guys commenting here bringing caste and stuff like that into discussion ? we have enough of this religion/caste drama in TV and newspapers , please guys , LETS KEEP SPORTS FREE FROM SUCH PREJUDICE AND BIAS (@cornerstonegreen hope u are reading this)

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    As an Indian living in the US, all around I see Indians who have put their "head above the parapet", who challenge the best in the world for jobs through our strict educational system where our "teachers help us make decisions" through our "parent's backing". Explain Mr. Chappell, how are there 55 Indian Billionaires and thousands of millionaires? Did they all keep their heads down and agree with whatever the Poms said? You have lived in this country and yet have absolutely no idea how it functions. I don't blame you for that because it is one very complex system. People have written books trying to analyze it, but they all conclude saying "It just works". But to generalize it based on your experience in cricket, how narrow-minded is that? The Chappell brothers seem educated but all their articles are ridiculously shortsighted and filled with petty nationalism. Please stop making conclusions about the team based on culture. It might not work right now, but in the long run it just works

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    And now after reading his comments on Indian culture and players i can understand why this guy is such a FLOP COACH , his intentions may be good but a coach should be a good man manager too.. and didn't CA fire mr greg chappell from his post of 'talent manager' or something like that ??

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Here some Indian fans agreed to one point that he said..one is agreed to another. and some other like to another point.ultimately what Chappel said is correct. As a non indian I do not agreed to that because simply he cant talk and he does;'t have enough experience to talk bout indian culture and people.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Problem with Indian cricket is not with players , its with the BCCI and selectors who simply lacks the will to do anything which may be perceived as controversial , once the players know that they cant get away with poor performances or fitness they will work on it...its simple human nature

  • stalefresh on March 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I think he is right about interest in test cricket. He is also right about indians playing too much cricket and hence never having the fitness mentally and physically to cope up with test cricket - it is too hard for them now. Aged players, T20 leagues, random tournaments like asia cup - where is the time for test cricket? If BCCI does not come with a fixed indian calendor for 6 test matches playes in the same venue and week every year - and make it like an event - test cricket will die.

  • Ra_Thore on March 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Mr Chappel couldn't get anything accomplished while coaching India.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Mr chappel is no doubt a very talented cricketer , but that does not mean he has the right to denigrate other cultures , Indian culture is good enough to produce good captains and leaders , players like ganguly , kumble , dhoni were all good captains , and given a long run gambhir also looks good enough

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Now the world knows about the book named "Fierce Focus".

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    "Sehwag thought he should be captain after [Anil] Kumble, so there is a bit of a collision there,"

  • Vamsi.Tetali on March 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I have seen few men braver than Greg Chappel. The parapet analogy is so very apt. I'm Indian and I've tried to lead in teams of highly accomplished international members. Each of those occasions was a huge challenge because my thinking wasn't developed in a way that would help me take responsibility. Like it or not, things truly are done for you in India and one has to be truly extraordinary (like Dhoni is) to break the mould.

    Denial ain't just a river in Egypt

  • naveeny on March 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Indian team is in so much deep dump that nowadays anybody can comment on the team and still be sounding credible. chappel has some valid points especially about the concept of seniority and juniority in the team. certainly hurting team. nobody questions sachin and sehwag which is not a democratic way of doing things.

  • gkgenius on March 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Just wondering what Greg knows about India as a nation and its history? He is making sweeping statements about Indian culture. Does he know the kind of leaders that this great nation has produced in the past 2000 years? The kind of Great Kings and Philosophers who have lived in this country? The British need not teach us anything. They all came to India to acquire knowledge and wealth from here!! Let him cite one team in any sport where there are no politics and ego clashes?

  • PrajithR on March 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    LOL, AUS performance in last two tours to India.... Played 6 Tests- LOST 4, Won 0.... You have not won a test in India for 7 years.... Why is AUS so weak? Greg Chappell please explain?.... Is it because they are unable to take RESPONSIBILITY while touring India??????

  • Mr_Anonymous on March 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Its unfortunate but I don't think we would gain anything from being defensive and attacking Greg Chappell. He maybe pretty blunt (in fact that is perhaps one of the reasons that he wasn't successful in coaching the Indian Team) but you have to believe that his heart is in the right place (for Indian cricket) and while you may not agree with all the things he says, nothing will be gained from attacking him.

    I am Indian but some of the points that Greg makes are very valid. I do agree with him that Test Cricket seems to have become lower priority compared to T20 and ODIs for members of the Indian Team perhaps due to monetary remuneration, perhaps due to fatigue/injuries and I think the BCCI needs to change that.

    Considering that monetary benefits motivate people well, I don't see anything wrong with increasing the monetary remuneration for good test match performances to be on par or greater than say that from the IPL for good performances.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    I can imagine how infuriated most Indians are and how they'll feel the need to attack Chappell on a personal level but this guy is right... how else do you explain that need to celebrate if we can manage just one bronze medal in Olympics? For 20 years, we've been going ga-ga about Tendulkar, but is he a leader? Far from it.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    To Mr Chappel::Dont think that playing only in Australia and England is the Higher level of cricket.Every cricket nations had their own charm and challenging wickets.WACA and LORD's are not only the sporting wickets and even Ashes is not only the Brand and tough series.So PULL of the Arrogance over the indian's.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    wellll, who knew Greg Chappell is a sociologist AND a child psychologist. Or maybe he's just ranting amateur theories on things he doesn't understand.

  • sportsfan23 on March 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    very well said greg,...i believe this is the best analysis on indian cricket 2day.... if evryting is sorted out like chapell says we have the power of being no 1 in test, oneday nd 2020...but crikceting management and culture r xtremely crucial for success so dont understand who will take that step to transform indian cricket... no more division based on caste,religion,regionalism etc....if ganguly cries, whole bengal cries behind him...dhoni the best indian captain ever after kapil dev.. if its all about identity, then omit the names of all the players nd number them as indian 1,2,3,4,5,.....11

  • Super_Singh on March 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Mr Chappell, the problem Aussuies is they have too many chiefs and not enough INDIANS!!!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Well I am from Pakistan and although I agree with GC on some points, I strongly disagree on Leadership point. Leaders are born not made. And its not the west that all the leaders are destined for.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    m agreed with Chauppali Indian's have this issue from the very first day in their cricket.. so dont mind guy's chauppali is right :)

  • RohanMarkJay on March 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Greg Chappell's comments are actually not true,Indians do care about test cricket.However test cricket is very time consuming and demanding on cricketers and cricket watchers alike, unlike in the past cricketers play too much cricket In the old days players could concentrate more on test cricket because they didn't play that much during the year.These days cricketers prefer the shorter formants of 50 overs and 20/20. Especially in India.Cricketers in the subcontinent given the chance are retiring early from test cricket and playing 50 overs and 20/20. A) Because there is more money in the shorter formats. B) Cricketers can prolong their international careers.Like Lasith Malinga has done. Greg Chappell know better having been in India for a stint. Instead he has taken his holier than thou western view and taken it as a chance to criticise the entire Indian and asian culture, just because they don't prefer test cricket as much as Eng and Aus.I must say its a tad arrogant from the aussie.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Seriously did Greg ever heard of Ranji Trophy?? . We don't have test players?? If I start giving out names at domestic level you will be amazed that the present set of players representing India at test are just promoted because they have better t20 and one day averages. If the selection board ever went by rules and selected test players from the strong domestic circuit not even 2/3 rd of the present team would be present.Some of the best talent in India gets wasted and some of these domestic rarely end up playing test cricket because the selection process is a mess and goes largely by public and financial interests.

  • mishim on March 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Mr Chappell raises some valid points but in many regards he is wrong too. Rather I wuld say that the Indian cricket team has a short attention span outside India hence their struggles in Test cricket abroad. When they play in India, well there are few Test matches more exciting. Test cricket played by India in India is a sheer joy to watch especially when their batsmen run rampant!

  • got_you on March 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    No leadership quality amongst Indians !! You mean GC is an Indian ......??????

  • daalien on March 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I think Greg has hit the nail on the head on this one (whatever one may think of his coaching abilities). The very fact that the BCCI has done absolutely nothing following the dismal performances in England and Australia goes to prove his point of a large percentage of us Indians lacking the courage to make the tough decision calls. Even somebody as "powerful" as Sreenivasan comes across as spineless in the current situation.

  • grown_men_hitting_little_red_balls on March 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    I know that INDIANS LOOK INTO CASTE, but it doesn't determine whether you are a better player, just the same way that race or class does not. Some of Sri Lanka's most famous players were 'not high caste' - Aravinda De Silva, Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, Chaminda Vaas, Russel Arnold & Muralidharan. Whereas Ranatunga, Atapattu, Roshan Mahanama, Thilakaratna, Ranjan Madugalle & Gurusinghe were either of high caste, or 'middle' caste. Even among the current Sri Lankan players - Thisara Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis are from the fishermen caste (low), but look how good they are. The other players are 'middle caste'. Kulasekara and Rangana Herath are high caste, but they are no where as good as the players from the fishermen caste, are they? Now do you see my point? Likewise, even if Dhoni is 'low caste' according to Indians, he is the coolest Indian player I have seen after Ganguly - and he managed to lead India to the world cup, something that Ganguly couldn't do.

  • Rakim on March 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    You hate it or love it, he is right. I mean India doesn't care about test cricket anymore. Sachin is playing for his record. They are just a bunch of players... (in test cricket) not a team!

  • Cool_Jeeves on March 7, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Dont agree entirely with GS, since he first praises Dhoni, then explains his failures as fatigue, then blames the whole of India for failing in test cricket.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Don't get me wrong guys BUT I have always felt test matches were a waste of time. They are way too long and boring. Perhaps it's the Canadian inside me that yearns for a result oriented sport. A draw/tie after 5 grueling days is unfair. What can I say. The British were never good at anything that required intuition. After all the sport of test match cricket is their offspring. NOBODY knows NOTHING about Indians. We Indians are have a history of chivalry, bravery and rich culture and heritage that no nation can even talk of. Unfortunately, a few politicians and bureaucrats are backstabbing the common Indian man and woman. We will put an end to them all. We will rise in everything we do including cricket Mr. Chappell.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    he created the fuss long time back eith sourav and nw creating a new fuss with sehwag and zaheer.man sehwag is the top odi scorer and the top scorerr in tests for india...zaheer is a world class bowler..they are out of form,i agree.but that doesnt give u the liscence to churn them around...mind it !!!!!!!! u hav once again proved that ur the waste person in the game of cricket

  • MrBrightside92 on March 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Thanks for that Greg I didn't know India had cricket coaches...I noted comments on here mentioned 'only 2 bad tours'....there were comments after England of 'only 1 bad tour'...how many bad tours will it take to have a full review of Indian test cricket and an inquest into the serious failings of team India? Actually, thinking about it, if they did have one the conclusions would be 'a string of umpring errors that in no way would've been overturned by DRS...love Srikannth xx'

  • Tramadol on March 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Hmmmm .... really unbelievable that a cricketer of his stature can make comments such as these ...... for people who have seen a handful of Indians to say that Indians cannot produce leaders is really a joke .... really...few things that he said are true - things like our parents taking decisions on our behalf and teachers, etc. etc. but to say that we did not produce leaders is just a little too much - I think Greg really needs to read Indian history - people like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash, Swami Vivekanada were great leaders - and strictly speaking in terms of cricket - if Nawab Pataudi and Saurav Ganguly along with Sunil Gavasker were not leaders then who were....to say that the "Poms have taught them to keep their heads down" is really a bit too much hitting below the belt -- i hope my piece gets displayed for all the viewers to feel that i am hurt....

  • bharath74 on March 7, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I think Chappel is spot on, he spoke his mind. We definitely lack leaders in the subcontinent, very rarely we get ppl ike Imran Khan,Ranatunga, Ganguly & Dhoni. I think no team in the world is playing Quality test cricket at the moment,just because you spend $20 million doesnt mean that you can produce top players. Ii is the desire to play cricket that produce great players.

  • Asadpk on March 7, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @Greg Chappel, how about Saurav Ganguly as a leader :)

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    1.tolerating you in dressing room must have always been more demanding for players than playing test cricket on the field. 2. i agree. indians r nt very gud at takin decisions. but australians are pretty gud. you see we tolerated your presence for so many years while they didnt waste anytime to ban u from dressing room 3. didnt your parents repent the way they brought you up?? be honest.

  • sathish008 on March 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Mr.Greg You cant succeed as a Coach or Mentor for sure. This article says it all.

  • VinodGupte on March 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    i am an indian but i agree with GC (i never thought I would say that I agree with him) in that India does not encourage questioning, challenging and taking responsibilities. That is how indians are brought up. And you always have to respect your seniors just because they are older than you (and hence must be wiser, they think). You cannot challenge them, you cannot question them and just listen to them. That's how my schooling was. GC is spot on. For once.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    this is nonsense! Pakistan wrapped up a series whitewash against one of the supposed super powers of test cricket and last time i checked, they were a subcontinental cricket team.

  • DARKLORD91 on March 7, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    i am a PAKISTANI.....but i really find the comments funny ...honestly the poms taught them to keep their heads down...lol if this was true then hows bcci functionally running icc ..with ecb and acb ..meagre yes mans ....similarly why is australia so desperate to play india all the time...why are most aussie players drooling at the chance of an ipl contract ...........his comments ....well if u knew how to get the best out of the palyers then u wouldnt have been sacked n the first place.......get a life..........indians didnt paly well aussies did welldone and get on.....dnt get arrogant..how the world number one test team was clean sweeped by a modest pakistani side ..that has an average batting line-up.....

  • sandunk on March 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Chappel may not be accurate all the time but he has some very valid points there. I am Indian, and agree to Chappel on this. Nothing to be ashamed of if he has pulled the lid over. Sometimes I feel he goes over the top, doesn't understand the Indian mentality all that well. This looks fine though..

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    For all the negative criticisms about Greg Chappell he has a point. Responsibility and leadership are very much lacking. One look at at our government should tell you that. When was the last time that people have owned up for their mistakes and accept them. The same bunch occupies our cricket administration. Is it any wonder that such a comedy of errors is occurring. The very fact that BCCI president chose to respond to the team's abject test failure by saying we will beat them at home shows downright irresponsibility and sweeping the hard truths under the carpet. If he had chose to take responsibility he would have made a response that "our test cricket team selection needs to be looked at hard and come out a detailed internal evaluation of how to produce better quality pitches and selecting a pool of players who will make up the future".

    No amount of criticism about other 's credentials can take away the fact we lost miserably, team selection and fitness are at ridiculous standards

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    i believe chappell is talking nonsense . He seems to have got carried away by what happpened in recent test series .He was never good at talking nor he will be . It will be interesting to see the result of the series when australia n england tour india ...england and aussies demolation will make him eat his words

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 7, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Agree with @ProdigyB - Get rid of Dravid and VVS now, and 10dulkar in another 6 months. Remove Dhoni from test cricket - Saha is a much better option. Dinesh Karthick is good too. In fact, Dhoni already hinted that he wants to stop playing tests after 2012. Keep him for ODI and T20. He's still the best in those formats. Get a good bowling coach, maybe the Sultan of Swing (Akram)??

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on March 7, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    What is the rank of Australia in test cricket? And how many test matches England have won after reaching no-1? Period.

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    well said greggy!!!!!!guys dont hate him, because of a bad coaching career!!

  • Vpx23 on March 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Truly blunt and exacting view of the Indian Test Cricket atmosphere given here definitely...whether we Indians like it or not. It the the Bare truth. Saahil Nair...don't be amused..you are talking crap!!!!.. Better to move a bit backwards from a Cinema poster and you get to see the real picture or else you get to see the dots...If you don't know it. Simple.! Better to dig up or stir up things for it cook well in a way.. Hope things improve...We are looking forward to the next Aussie trip...It would be exciting getting to see newcomers trying to cope with the Aussie conditions...Really exciting...without the Big names!!!!1

  • PakCricketistanLover on March 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    India's World Cup victory has hurt him personally very bad! Gone r the days when the educated would take pride in their victory n not bitterness!

  • csowmi7 on March 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous statement by Greg Chappell. Does he think he's some kind of pundit on world culture and history. The whole world saw how great the Aussie culture is during the Sydney test in 2007 and when the Aussie crowd abused kohli in this series. India have played good and fair cricket for the past 10 years and I find it hard to believe 2 series have suddenly made them uninterested in test cricket. Asian sides have won 4/9 of the world cups and countries like England, South Africa, and New Zealand haven't even won one. The fact that 2 years after chappel's departure India became number 1 in test cricket shows how great a leader he was.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Oddly enough, it was only under the British rule, that India bred the last of our great national leaders. I guess foreign oppression brings out the best in people. He is right in saying that in childhood we are taught to trust the judgment of our parents and elders over our own. This stunts the growth of our leadership qualities. And this is also why Indians who grow up outside India in the West do so well and become industry leaders.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Indian readers, can you help by answering the question - Why doesn't India take Test cricket (aka real cricket) seriously? It can't just be a matter of money - can it?

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Spot On with attitude on Shewag and Zak. Drop those guys. I guess attitude makes more sound than skill. Other than that we necessarily dont need to agree with Chappell. Chappell brothers are against India anyways.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    well said by mr chappel my openion indian love only IPL .lol

  • Faldo on March 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Chappell's comments do seem to be sweeping in targeting the subcontinental culture as a whole. However, some of what he said can be true as far as cricket is concerned. The Indian team and the media was forever focusing on the end result of the Tests rather than the ways to get there. There was little thought applied to the team composition for the Tests and different things required to be competitive. In the past ever since the 1970s or so, the Indian team did not do too greatly overseas but was a tough competitor to the best of teams including the all conquering West Indies. Possibly the expectations were not as high then and the past teams were focused on staying in the game one day, one session at a time. This allowed them to fight hard and not lose with the regularity that they have been doing now. Cutting to the present, the current Test team too easily gets carried away and appears to be disinterested in carrying the battle over to the opposition.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    very good publicity for the book....

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    While I agree with him on some points, I have to say that he puts forward contradictory points by saying that "up until this summer" he thought that India was among those teams who would "always look at Test cricket and try and preserve it", while saying that it's inherently difficult for subcontinent teams to be good in Tests, without getting the 'grounding' that Aussies get as kids. The latter would imply that the Indian teams can never be good from the get-go, while the former implies that the decline in Test cricket in India is a fairly recent phenomenon. Sometimes, this gives me the feeling that he's criticizing for the sake of it, rather than thinking about what he's saying.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I see nothing wrong with Chappell's comments.

  • Unmesh_cric on March 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Most of what he says is garbage, but he is right about India's attitude toward Test cricket.

  • SnowSnake on March 7, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    I usually do not agree with Chappell, but in this case, Chappell nailed it perfectly.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    this same man threw the best captain of indian team...he was the one who made his own decisions....

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Mr Chappell teach your boys first to play with straight bat instead of telling us how much cricket Australia are spending on thier development ..! I agree india's bowling didn't challenge ur boys at all ..! We all saw what happened to them web they faced steyn and morkel in SA..!

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    tolerating you in the dressing room is more demanding than test cricket on the field.

  • rohittttt on March 7, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Not fully agree with Mr Chappell but if we saw indians batsmen has different approch for test cricket, they have tottaly differnt technique, if we leave tendulkar,dravid,laxman all other batsman r hav one day tehnique,sum time this tecnic cause them but it does not mean that they r not really interested in Test Cricket.

  • srinivasa on March 7, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Indians...who support the Chappell..statement ""They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions." forget that.. we produced some great leaders like Ghandhi and Nehru...if you are talking about cricket.. Kapil has done good, Azhar to some extent...Ganguly.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I am an sri lankan cricket fan who love test cricket very much. I have been watching cricket matches since i was a small kid. I have watched hundreds of test and ODI matches and according to my experience real taste in cricket is only exists in test cricket. The game of cricket is not just hitting to the ball repeatedly. According to me the cricket is a BATTLE BETWEEN BAT AND BALL. Actually T20 cricket does not improve the quality of cricketers. It is only for entertain the people who likes to see boundary hitting. A test hundred in a fast seaming pitch is much more precious than a hundred in a ODI in a flat pitch. Every run in a seaming pitch is beautiful to watch since in there only you see a real battle between bat and ball. So i believe the real cricket fans who knows exactly what is CRICKET is , know the value of test cricket and preserve it.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    our dada gives u a reply...!!

  • pinhead9810 on March 7, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I have to agree with Greg Chappell here. This article may cause fury with many Indians but he's not from the truth. In my opinion, only one captain from the sub-continent stands out, as a great leader, the great all rounder Imran Khan. India, in my opinion, has not produced one great captain. India, actually the subcontinent teams, have no passion or quality for Test cricket, except the Pakistan team during Imran Khan's captaincy. I don't think his comments are personal or judgemental. And I'm Indian!

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Mr. Chappell - What happened to this wisdom when Aussies lost miserably to England recently in your home soil..

  • gkannuchamy on March 7, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    What about the decision that dislodged you from coaching Indian team in 2007, Mr. Chappell?

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    LMAO, Asian Teams Cant Win out side subcontinent and other teams cant win in asia, so whats the big deal chappel?all are avg teams, they get thrashed in asia and asian teams cant win outside home, so both are the same, i guess other teams like SA,aus,eng lost their interest in test too when they travel sub continent?

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    There seems to be more than meets the eye...

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    india became number 1 when we had no coach...dont turn gary kirsten into some miracle worker...mind u gary was lucky he wasnt coach at time of abroad tours.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Very amused at Greg Chappell's comments.He is one of the old guard who feels that "West knows best".People like this were ok in the 60's and 70's but he is going to have a really tough time imposing his "superior" Australian culture in the 21st centure on Asians.If anything Australians are trying to cope with the new Asian Century and take advantage of that in a proactive way.His comments show that apart from cricket,he is a very uneduicated man

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    The Chappell brothers always get carried away with their criticisms. Attacking the entire Indian culture by saying it doesn't produce leaders is very harsh. Should have just kept it to the cricketing culture. To me Indians don't have the physical or mental toughness to compete with Australia and South Africa in the long run. They'll always produced some cricketers who'll carry the team with their skill alone. But India can only dominate in short bursts. If any team can challenge Australia over a very long period of time its South Africa.

  • AjaySridharan on March 7, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    To extrapolate the dressing room culture to all of India and vice versa is too sweeping a statement and reflect emotional immaturity on Greg's part. There is groupism in the team, and we can't hide our emotions, we can't put on a game face and show professionalism on the field when things are not good on the background...and in that regard, we are not team players at all...just look at how cleanly we keep our homes and how dirty our streets! But then, to understand India, you need to live there...1 billion people vying for scarce resources breeds a certain kind of ecosystem and people adapt to it for the survival of the majority. Given the harsh reality of life in India, if I were Greg, I would in fact show positive surprise that India is even able to put a world beating team up and click as a team on many occasions.

  • kabe_ag7 on March 7, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    These comments give an insight into how Greg Chappell thinks. No wonder he was such a failure as a coach. Puts Gary Kirsten's skills as a coach and a human being in perspective.

  • savis on March 7, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    If Indians are so poor with leadership Mr. Chappel, then why are the Indians leading in so many organisations across the globe? The comments are a bit too judgmental and personal. There are cricketers who are playing in just Test Cricket and they have emerged from Test Cricket only. I hardly remember any rememberable ODI performance by Laxman. It is too harsh to say things like this.

    Waiting for Ganguly to respond to Chappell!

  • ProdigyA on March 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    BCCI, shying away and giving stupid excuses will NOT solve the problem. Here is my 2 cents worth simple 3-point solution for BCCI - 1. Get rid of Dhoni from Tests immediately. He is playing too much cricket which is not helping him and he is not doing a favour by doing so. 2. Get rid of Dravid and VVS, give them one farewell match and thank you very much. Its better to lose with youngsters. 3. Get the best bowling coach to develop express fast bowlers. You need 20 wickets to win a match which only bowlers can do.

  • azmal007 on March 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    yeah yeah....u got it right greg........india should play cricket as an associate nation from now on.....lol

  • miyer on March 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    I tend to agree with GC. Indians are not born leaders and when they reach a certain point, they tend to sit back and relax and let the world overtake them. The only notable thing they did when they were the no.1 test team is they drew in SA. Rest of the victories were on the placid subcontinent pitches. Secondly its not the infighting, but the lack of fire within to be the best and remain the best thats missing in all fields in indian culture. We make great monuments but never maintain it. Thats the bane in every field in India not just cricket. As far as cricket is concerned, we will never have the best bowlers in the world, because we are so enamoured by numbers which means we turned it into a batsmans game and hence the dead pitches where our batsmen score tons. Fielding we simply dont want to do well. Fielding is about fitness. And all of the Indian cricketers develop a paunch before they turn 30. Contrast with Ricky Ponting or Mike Hussey. I am not even bringing in the obscene IPL

  • smalishah84 on March 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    This sounded like such a controversial article the likes of which I have not read on cricinfo in a long long time (if ever)

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    The organizers make lot of money in one day / T20 game. I cant fully agree with Chappel since he is biased; This kind of bad series happen to all the touring teams ; Were australia not thrased in thier own back yard ? or thrashed in India? one bad series does not make india bad

  • amitgarg78 on March 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    That's the sort of comment that will get him into trouble with even mild mannered, non cricket loving Indians. And yes, that sort of people do exist! How many indians does he know to generalise a system or culture? Statsitically, it wouldnt even qualify as a sample from a billion plus population. He is certainly no expert in Indian culture. And then he rakes up the colonial past as a logic. That was 2 generations ago. If he knew us, he would know we (the new age kids) couldn't care less about the Poms, who have traditionally sucked at almost every sport they play. As for being told to keep the heads down, I don't recall that in school, or college, or at work. We were encouraged to participate, form a hypothesis, question, and learn. I don't know what India is he talking about. If anything, he will encourage people to generalise his behaviour as being arrogant and disrespectful to the Indian culture. Brilliant player. Bad at man management. Irresponsible statement!

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I really dont like Mr Chapple... I think he is a bit biased towards subcontinent teams...but I do agree with some of the things he said... "Test cricket was too hard for most of them. They can only make a lot of money playing 20-over cricket. Fifty-over cricket they can sort of put up with..." He is absolutely right... the likes of IPL is destroying Indian cricket... players are no longer interested in playing cricket they are more into making money... all the players who did not perform in the test series against Australia will be in full form during the IPL... but its not the players' fault because the Indian cricket board has decided for them... and mark my words... "Indian cricket will not survive if they did not make some drastic changes and stop thinking about just money..." I hope they realize that...

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Gregg has really FOCUSSED FIERCELY on the Indian Cricket, Culture & the Team India's Disaster Down Under .. When he has eloquently spoken about Dhoni and the misplaced ambitions of Viru, why did he NOT speak about Sachin, whose ambitious one-hundredth Ton DOOMED HIM & THE SIDE !! The BCCI & the Selectors would do well to go thru' his book and plug the loopholes .. earlier it's done .. better for the Indian cricket !!

  • crystosis on March 7, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Lot of good points made by Chappel. Sehwag and Zaheer are not helping the team at all. Ambition is replaced by complacency especially in these two in addition to Gambhir and Harbhajan. They are taking their roles for granted. Ashwin had that hunger to prove himself immediately after Harbhajan was dropped. Making people like Kohli and Gambhir IPL team icons will hurt the team in the long run

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Dont worry Greg...we'll be back in your so called "Test Cricket" and that too with a boom...Just wait for some time...

  • itsthewayuplay on March 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    For once it's hard to disagree with what Chappell has said about the issues that are affecting Indian test cricket. One important point he omitted was the money obsessed nature of a lot of people in Indian society. This has been fuelled by the eye watering rewards of the IPL. At least when Tendulkar was at his peak, he was one the greatest batsmen to played the game and you could see the correlation between his level of income and how it is generated. But with the IPL players are making so much money for doing so little that it becomes the height of their ambition. Win or lose test matches it doesn't matter because after 1 or 2 years Indian crickers are now set for life. If I perform as badly as the Indians have done in Aus and Eng I would be out of a job. On the other hand if I got paid as much as they for doing as little as possible what incentive is there for me to excel. All credit to SL players for performing the way have in Aus despite not having been paid.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Oh Greg!

    What are you doing!!!

    Can, open, worms.....

    The back lash of this.....

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Gregs performance as a coach in India was miserable. So cant expect much understanding of Indian culture. The only thing where he makes sense is about the culture not letting leaders develop and teachers, coaches being overbearing. Anyone with Indian cricket interests in mind will tell you that Greg put India behind by atleast 5 years during the short time he was there. Gary Kirsten brought in a good work ethic , allowed the team members to respect each other and build a good unit. Unfortunately Kumbles retiring had the biggest impact to Indian cricket and his shoes were too big to fill. With Dravid, Sachin, Laxman ageing, Sehwag and Gambhir both in and out due to injuries and growing through bad matches meant Indian batting lacked confidence, Kumbles absence and Gary Kirsten departure both hurt ( though Kumbles absence took some time to show). Think... Why does England perform so miserably in Sub continent, Australia never wins in India.... It is only SA who does well outside home.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I suspect this article will draw a heap of negative response from Indian fans, accusing Greg Chappell of sour grapes, after all he was a rather unsuccessful Indian coach. But he made a few valid points regarding the future of test cricket. To sustain this very important format of the game, the ICC must make some changes. For starters night cricket with a pink ball must be introduced sooner than later. Secondly, pitches should be prepared to produce results within 15 sessions of play. I accept that all pitches should not be "green tops" or "sand pits", but whatever the case, bowlers must have a fair chance to bowl the opposition out twice. We all know that the ideal pitch is one with a little movement and lift on the first two days and evens out to take some spin during the last five sessions. This is not difficult to achieve and where grounds men succeeded in achieving this during the past two years, the result was fascinating matches. We need India in the test arena.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    "The poms(British) taught them really well to keep their heads down". This just about sums up the Indian attitude. Gregg is right when he says that from an early age the parents, school teachers or cricket coaches make all decisions. The main reason is that the parents finance the education & upkeep of their children. So they control their careers too. In this environment it is very difficult to create Leaders. Indian children are "followers" right from their childhood & as such will remain as adults.Most western countries (e.g, England) are all welfare states with education paid for by the state at least up to the high school level. This creates a child to have his/her own opinion & develop rational/mature thinking - ideal environment for leadership. Kohli amongst the young cricketers is one example where due to tragic death of his Dad, he had to learn to fend his own way. Hence you see that aggressive & independent approach.Dhoni was anything but a leader in the recent Aussie Tour!

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Greg is right. However it is to be noted that mass appeal for cricket in India is because of ODIs and T20s. It is true for all subcontinent cricket playing countries, as well.Test cricket is different cup of tea. It appeals to diehard fans of cricket. And this category of cricket fans is fast eroding.Test cricket will survive so long Ashes has its appeal. A lot was expected from India - Australia and India- England, but India's drubbing in recent test series inflicted a telling blow on these expectations.With no international cricket played in Pakistan, lets accept the fact that ODIS and T20s are the preferred/popular format of cricket.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Some would take it anti-indian but I don't. It seems quite apparent. In Indian team, no one wants to take responsibility. Dhoni on the other hand seems to be quite frank assesment. But he has changed his style and that reduced his impact especially in the test cricket.

  • JohnnyRook on March 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I know this board is soon gonna be flooded with comments pro and anti India comments. The truth however, as always lies somewhere in the middle. I am an Indian and I think some of the things Greg Chappell says about India are true no matter how bitter they sound. There are certain traits about Indian culture which hurt Indian cricket a lot. Yes Indians are not natural born leaders as of now but trust me, it is changing. Nor they are very rational or ruthless. However Chappell forgets that there are some bad traits in every culture and are compensated with other good traits. That is why coach before him and after him both worked wonders for Indian team and Greg Chappell failed miserably. As Indian cricket team's coach, he should have focussed on Indian team's cricket. He is no historian, sociologist or psychologist. So why does he choose to focus on fixing whatever he thinks ails Indian culture is beyond me. Stick to cricket mate.

  • cram2jam on March 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    That's funny comment from Mr.Chappel. He forgot the fact that Indian team was No1 test team in the world, not too long ago. He was not successful as coach. With everything that went against him as coach, I don't him to talk positively about Indian cricket. For me, the main problem with team India is the coach Duncan Fletcher. After he stepped in, India has been losing miserably. Call it coincidence. But why didn't the same thing happen with Gary Kirsten or John wright? Players don't become bad in a matter of months. Just replace the coach and see the results

  • wake_up_india on March 7, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    India does breed good leaders. He couldn't get along with one of the best and was instrumental in destryoing that player's career, thanks to the political support from the BCCI. He himself was a personification of disaster for Indian cricket and should not speak on the subject.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on March 7, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Spot-On Guru Greg !! ...You have nailed the type of culture & mentality Indians (we) have !!! :D

  • gkannuchamy on March 7, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I would rather Mr. Chappell had concentrated on what went wrong in Australian cricket so that the team were battered by a lowly Sri Lanka in the on going triangular series.

  • WC96 on March 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    oops! this is not going to go down well with some the readers....

  • cricketloverinparis on March 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Really old school thinking - the raj happened 50 years ago. The world has moved on but not Mr. Chappel. Welcome to the New World Mr Chappel. Prejudiced comments by someone who could not adapt to the Indian culture. You just need to look around in the business world and silicon valley to see what kind of leaders India has produced. The world is larger than cricket to make generalisations Mr Chappel.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I Second wholesomely to what Greg has said about the thought-process and conditioning of the Indian cricket. Most of them have attitudinal disorder. In the present scenario Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni and probably Kohli looks to have a positive spirit to assert themselves as professionals, else most of them are just playing it for a lowly ambition.In the sub-continent, Sl looks as a better outset than others from this aspect but again ithey are not bereft of it either.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    I do not completely agree with him that India's don't want to or are not capable of playing test cricket. But yes its time to accept that we need to move on from Big 3, Zaheer and also Shewag for that matter. They are not fit enough to play test cricket. Ideally about 3 years ago the Indian selectors should have started to play only two senior players in the middle order and groom one youngster - it's too late now. We will be facing a situation where all 3 Sachin, Laxman & Dravid will be kicked out together. I also agree that Dhoni didn't seem to be himself on this tour. I suppose that is because he doesn't want so many oldies in the team. TIME TO MOVE ON and I suppose SACHIN can SET an example here.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    I dont agree with everything he says but our teams are not profesional other than the money they make....people like Sachin, Sehwag or Harbajan singh would have been dropped long back in Australia...

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    he is 100% correct ....india lost 2007 worldcup due to the coach's decision only

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    What rubbish.Even Australia lost the last series 2-0 in india,England were whitewashed in pakistan.What point does that prove.Who in his best mind will say that Tendulkar,Laxman or Dravid are more interested in t-20s.Sehwag for all his interest in t-20s averages over 50 in test matches,Gambhir is close to 50 as well.I am not justifying india's failure,there performance in Australia was poor to say the least.But they dont deserve criticism like this.

  • VettiPayyan on March 7, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Hmm.. Even tho I was never a fan of Chapell's decision making capabilities and attitude, (the 2 things he points abt others :-) .. I have to say some of his observations look right like the attitude and responsibility thing in the current Aus tour. Dhoni is diff.. and Chappell neednt point it out.. MSD is an open book :-)

    Altho GC speaks so much.. he doesnt question his own work ethics and skills to work with diff. culture.. If everyone knew what to do, they why a coach.. He himself jumped into the Coach job as it offered him so much money that he can spend the rest of his life on vacation and other activities ;-)

    Aussies are never flexible as many western countries to embrace cultural diff. They want to rule everyone which can never happen.. The way GC was kicked out was a good example.. I have read Aussie players crib abt GCs dictator style coaching.. He he! looks who;s talking

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    True to an extent.... the point abt the indian brought up was spot on...!!

  • ranga_s on March 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    "The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down." Mr. Chappel no matter whatever you decision on Indian cricket is that was uncalled for....May be certain Indians have an attitude problem and there are internal conflicts in the team and all but what you say above suggest that whatever's outside you want that team to keep their head hidden under sand...I am from Sri Lanka and there's a considerable amount of rivalry between SL and IND at the moment in terms of cricket but let me tell you something..Whatever the POMS did they paid dearly for that...If you don't know take a book and read...Indians spanked the hell out of the POMS resulting them to leave the great sub-continent nation... Apart from that as for your remarks they are utter stupid...Sub-continent nations have done far better than Western nation in every formats...Give them time as you guys have played...They'll run all over you in time to come....

  • Bytheway on March 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    On this tour of Australia, India were gutless wonders.

  • renegademike on March 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The new breed of Indian cricketers dont value their Test Caps. BCCI needs to get its act together and try to preserve Test cricket. its all good to make money , but the board needs to distribute the money in betterment of Crickets most primitive form- Test Cricket. also the indian cricket fans are not great test supporters. Unlike England ,Australia and South Africa to an extend,where watching Test cricket is a tradition, Indians are more contend with watching 'all quantity and zero quality' IPL 'Tamasha'.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    It attracts Criticism.. Nothing More..

    But few good points about our culture..

  • vik56in on March 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Greg Chappell is partially right.Notwithstanding his public feud with Ganguly,Chappell has to accept that Ganguly was a very good captain though his shortcomings as a test batsman was exposed.Same goes for Anil Kumble ,Kumble had shown exceptional leadership and captaincy qualities in the limited opportunities that he had got.Now Dhoni is a very good captain.

  • screamingeagle on March 7, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    I believe Greg Chappel, while talking in an exaggerated manner (book sales of course) does speak the truth. The system or lack of it is certainly showing in the way India plays. I would say motivation as well, winning WC, getting No.1 spot, probably the players found it pretty easy to relax and let things drift. The intensity went south and they really could not get it back. There is a clear lack of intent in the team, that is for sure. Rifts...probably yes, Dhoni, Sachin etc were sacred cows, but I for one think that is going to change, very quickly. Hope the team comes out better for it. I am an Indian fan, and I get a feeling of deja vu with this Australian tour. India struggling big time with a few crumbs of comfort in the one dayers...the way it was when I watched the cricket in he 80s and 90s..

  • shabbysounds on March 7, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    If someone has to be famous they would always target Indian Team. Was he not a part of indian team as a COACH and was drawing high " PAY CHECK " then what happened to his comments.Team was under very pressure when he was a COACH . NO ONE can with stand him , even in his own country he is been kicked off from selectors ROLE . To sell his book will speak anything to make little extra. Hope his attitude changes.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I feel SA is heavily dependent on big 3 i.e. Smith, Kallis and Amla in test cricket. Failure to play long innings by any 2 out of these 3 puts undue pressure on other batsman. Kallis and Smith are in the twilight of their careers. it is important that the likes of AB, Duminy and Prince stand up. Their bowling remains in safe hands but the batters should give enough to these bowlers to fight it out.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Can some one remind Mr Chapel not to express his comments on Indian culture. I am not sure what authority Mr Chappel has on Indian culture to proclaim that culture doesn't create leaders. I am not debating his opinion on a cricket team, but he should know to keep things in perspective and not launch a attack on rich Indian culture. Mr Chappel, some of the greatest leader world has ever seen are from this part of the world

  • MaruthuDelft on March 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    When SA, Aus and Eng play you can't judge if it is a test or a ODI or T20 from the players body language. They bring the same intensity to all forms of cricket. Indians don't have the energy to play test cricket hard; run in fast to bowl fast for 5 days; field hard for 5 days like Jonty Rhodes did. I think Chappel doesn't want to hurt feelings but it sends a wrong message. It looks like if India wants it can do well in tests but actually they can't. It is not about raising the head above parapet wall. It is about wanting to be the best in the world. Indians simply don't have the energy and fire in belly. It is not just in cricket; India may be 100 years away from an athletic gold in Olympics.

  • jonnybtestmatch on March 7, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Wow. Don't think I have read such a controversial article on this site. It is quite apparent that Chappel is still hung up on his failings with the national side and it appears that he is looking to make excuses. I don't think it's fair or right to say the Inidans still have a colonial mentality as their cricket has only been poor since the world cup. I believe the reason for their failings are far more simplistic (ageing players + poor selections) and their test cricket from 04-10 has been of good quality. Chappel does make a point about the state of test cricket and the fact that the global game does need a strong Indian side. I hope that Indian fans do not think they can not play tests as they certainly have the ability and talent, they just need a phase of rebuilding. As more leadership, Ganguly was the best thing to happen to Indian cricket not Dhoni. India need a replacement for Saurav depsite his gloabl unpopularity.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    And as much as I hat eMr. Chappel, please dont beat him up for picking up on our culture... He is mostly right.

  • Lion_96 on March 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    he is right about the subcontinental teams. i really do hope tht countires, esp. the top 8 test nations put more emphasis on first class and test cricket. thts the only way we can see a better contest between test nations. unfortunatley every country is trying create a IPL copy in thier own league. the bpl is a real joke for mine. i mean, shouldnt bangladesh focus on its first class cricket? its been more than a decade and they yet to justify my and other ppl's support for test status.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I have hated Chappel to the gut... But Boy!! do I agree .. or do I agree with Mr. Chappel. I have been wondering whats gone wrong with Dhoni and to say "He's lost in India Cricket'... pretty much says it all, doesnt it?

    This is not too wrong, it is> "They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions."

  • cricketdotcom on March 7, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Virender Sehwag's ,Zaheer Khan's resent good performance only bcz of Greg Chappell. he has some controversy but he gave a right direction to indian cricket,,, so many youths only bcz of him,, he gave priority to fielding,,, hats off sir............. good view about indian players and bcci

  • Jimmers on March 7, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    They were interested in Test cricket when they were world number 1, but now they've remembered it's not as easy as staying at home and bullying teams on favourable home conditions. They do look jaded and old now, time to cut out the dead wood and make someone like Kohli captain. A bit of raw, steely ambition at the top would do them good. Chappell's right - world [Test] cricket needs a strong India, not a load of feeble old men who are more interested in milestones than in winning and advancing the team.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Although I would like to reject the remarks made by Greg, I have to say that he has to a large extent pointed in right direction.

  • Rangafella on March 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Some really bold statements. I am really impressed with the guts to be so outright and honest (rather than being diplomatic). Most of it seems true to me.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    more than anything else i think bcci is main culprit behind dis whole scenario..chappel is very right in his introspection about indian cricket team.oplayers dont seem to b bothered by d performance bcoz it is d bcci who wants big players in team to broadcast them on tv bcoz of pressure of broadcasters.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Well India is intrested or not what u have to do with it.. please atleast now keep distance with indian team... you have already harm now nothing is left... India n it's people know better den u wat 2 do....

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    you are not the right person to talk about indian cricket team..you made the indian cricket team to look like a hell ..you created a fuss in team and divided so better step aside and dont ever talk abt indian cricket team..we are we will be champs again in all forms of cricket

  • AndyMack on March 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    It does appear from the outside that the Indian side is a collection of individual talents rather than a cohesive team unit. Individual records seem to mean more than results. Certainly a different culture to Aust. Not saying one is better than the other, just observing.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    first learn how to train a team we all know how u treat our INDIAN Cricket Team, If the countries like AUS, SA, ENG, NZ will come to sub continent they will also dont show interest in TEST cricket.First u show u interest how i want to give coaching to cricket players

  • srinideva on March 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    we need this kind of coach with aggression and decision making. I'm not blame duncan flu..

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    What India thinks today, the whole world will think that after 40 years. For the shake of cricket and cricketers, it better to die Test Cricket as early as possible. Test Cricket may be pinnacle of cricket, but in our modern dynamic life it is tota ly useless. It just brings loss of time & revenue. Need dynamic Cricket for all cricketers & viewers. Even T20 is not such dynamic, what we need in our modern life. Hong-Kong's Super 6 is more dynamic than T20, but too short with 6 cricketers. Some of the game rules of Hong-Kong's Super 6 are very suitable for modern dynamic life, where all players r bowling. In T20 also need the same rules - all 10 players, except wicket keeper, should bowl at least one over & no more restriction on total numbers of over to any bowlers. No restriction on runs on batsmen, as in Super 6 cricket. No batting or bowling power play, just divide fielders for the whole innings - 50% in & 50% out of the circle, so general viewers can understand Cricket more easily.

  • om.pani on March 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    this ipl season shewag will lead daredevil to no 8.then we can see shewag captiancy ambition

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    You are really a low life person, Mr. Chappell. Just 2 bad series from India and all of you are after them, it wasnt really required. Remember early days of Clarke ? all of you were saying same for him as well. Talking about leaders, remember India retaining No.1 Position for almost 2 years ? Recently, Pakistan has put England in an awkward position and that too after whitewash. Forget about these 2 teams, Srilanka will trash you in 3rd finale.

  • GoCho on March 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    How much ever I hate Greg Chappel for leading the Indian team to its worst depths when he was the coach, there is absoulte truth in what he has said here. Even the Indian media questioned, let alone praise, Dravid's decision to declare with Sachin on 194. So it's in our culture and we have to live with it.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 7, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I am sure there will some amazing reactin to this comments from Mr. Chappell. I don't agree to most of what he said but one thing is true that we Indians are not good leaders and this is not just in cricket, but is true in any proffessional field. This is Asian culture. Look at the Chinese who are such hard workers but you will never see many in a leadership role. I diagree with you Mr. Chappell when you say India is not interested in Test Cricket. Don't forget before the two series of Eng and Aus we were ranked #1 in tests and we hold several records in Test Cricket. Yes, 20-20 has clearly given youngsters a choice between 5-days and quick money making option, which is SAD , but don;t blame India for that. ICC shd be blamed to even thn of this concept of 20-20. England wanted to host a tournament like IPL and had they succeeded the world would have been fine, but ppl like u cannot fathom the idea that India was the one to make this popular, hence this criticism.

  • vijujack on March 7, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Said it the way he always did - BLUNT and to the point. Unfortunately he will be torn down for it by the Indians, once again...

  • lee_man on March 7, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I agree totally that India is not interested in test cricket. If you can recall, prior to them achieving the number one ranking their adminiatration was already showing a lack of interest in test cricket. I always expected that after the poor showing in England and loss of the number one ranking, T20 and ODI cricket would suddenly seem more interesting to them. One can only speculate as to what would happen should their T20 and ODI teams also start to take a beating.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    His assessment of culture (e.g. from an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions; The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if someone was deemed to be responsible, they'd get punished. So the Indians have learned to avoid responsibility) is correct. Culture is just an outcome of historical, ecological, and political factors. And we do see ramifications of culture in all of us, albeit to a different degree because of individual level personality differences, and family influence.

    But he did not deal with it in the most appropriate manner. He approached Indian situation in a normative (become ideal leaders, team-players) way as coach which could not work. Culture cannot be changed suddenly. It takes at least 25% (just a rough figure) of the number of years to erase a culture that was built in say, 200 years.

  • timjosh on March 7, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    haha . look who's talking. this is the guy who said while being appointed as india's coach in 2005 that he'll make India the second best team in the world."second best" , such an unprofessional attitude. it showed his incompetency to be a coach.in any sport at any level if the coach doesn't have the vision or desire to be the best then i think that their is a serious problem with his attitude as well as commitment towards the sport.

  • Hiteshdani on March 7, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    How come failure in just 2 recent series and he's talking about culture ? I think he's lost it completely here ! Just because he was in the dressing room , does not mean he is an expert on indian culture and the way it works ! India has defeated every major test country at home successfully and have won tests outside sub-continent too in the last decade. Is greg chappel trying to play a bigger game here by such comments ?

  • zuber21886 on March 7, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    why don't you say this stuff when India wins?

  • Sreerang on March 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    The great Greg has spoken!! What gall!! Making sweeping statements about Indian culture. It is the same civilization that has survived 5000 years through a lot. He cannot even begin to understand it, forget making such remarkably stupid statements. Its almost laughable and clear that Greg here is trying, very childishly I must add, to somehow get back when he says Indians cant play test cricket and can only play T20s. Just to remind him, T20 was introduced only 5 yrs back in India and even after that India was ranked No.1 by ICC for almost 2 yrs in Test Match cricket.

  • VincentSunder on March 7, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    There is probably truth but too sweeping a statement that no one was interested.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Greg Chappel should see the performance of Australia this year, Australia even after winning 4-0 from India in Test Match, ranked below India, India is the Only country who spoiled 3 consecutive world cup winner Australia's dream of making 4 in the row. The culture of India always give respect for Gurus, the coach or guru in India is like God. There is no other country in the world who has such a rich culture like India. India has always provided great leaders, Mahinder Singh Dhoni, Kapil Dev are prime examples of leaders. Chappel after having lost holding of his coach position from India also lost his tamper that is why he is making statements such like this.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I think Greg Chappell, needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Look around you Indians are world leaders all around you and are mostly responsible for tons of day to day thing you may use! I do not think gerg qualifies, and neither needs to give us a history lesson on Indian culture. May know about cricket, but please spare us on " Indians are not born to be leaders"

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    who are interested to play the tests its not only showing their stamina in playing test but also its loosing the stamina of players in playing further only australians and english are inerested in test matches no one will watch five day matches there should be some change in test cricket it's 2012 not 1970's or 80's

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Most of the words spoken by Chappel is true. Mostly true, and we must have guts to accept it.

    1- About taking responsibility.

    2- From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions.

    But, I wont agree to the say that Indians are not meant to play test cricket and it is not for them. Aussies have not even won a series here at India so its not like only Aussie and Eng cricket grounds are the best grounds in the world. A best team should be able to win test series in all countries. Aussies cant even stand for 3 days during summer in subcontinental ground, then what they are calling a best ground.. huh

  • Thandiwe on March 7, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Alarming; A country with such vast resources and new success does not have leaders. Chappell is culturally ignorant and unashamedly arrogant. He is politically incorrect and emotionally unintelligent.

    Chappell should study leadership theory and understand that in order to be a good leader at some time you must be a good follower. Was this book actually printed? Such nonsense isn't worth a tree.

  • Philip_Gnana on March 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I wonder how the Indians respond to this. Very true words spoken about Dhoni here. We all know what he was what he is now. Is it due to political interference or other outside interference only he will know. I doubt if India is not interested in Test cricket. India has a longstanding relationship in test cricket and this comment I am sure will not go well with them. It all boils down to what the writer actually believes and it has to be taken in that context. Nice words for Zaheer that is how I interpret it to be. Written as he sees it. Nice question that, 329 no. Very interesting. The culture especially in Asia is that we are very sympathetic and respectful. This is one of the reasons we find that the "Oldies are allowed to hang around". Up until the last decade England were guilty of that too. I recall John Embury and Graham Gooch playing on till they were 44 and considered the likes of Jayasuriya at 40 being too old now. England have now buried that concept. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    it comes to the feel that GREg's right !!! if i have to say there is groupism that has hurt INDIA at recent times

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    ohh chappal speaks again lolz

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    One of the greatest mistake in Indian cricket history is to assign Greg Chappel as the coach. In his period as coach Indian cricket had abysmal performance. On the comment on "cricket coaches make the decisions" - was it Sourav Ganguly who asked Greg to take a captains decission or Irfan Pathan asked Greg to change his bowling action and be promoted in batting order? or did Greg himself wanted to take all these decissions like coach of a football team?

    Indian are not that good in football, may be that's why the team wasn't able to follow Greg's instructions.

    During Gary Kirsten's tenure as a coach, India team once was the no 1 in ICC test team ranking, does that say anything about Indians being in test cricket and the difference between two coaches?

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    This is coming from a guy who got kicked out of the dressing room by his own team he was supposed to mentor on leadership- a bit rich - he wasn't even the best captian his family produced - I think Ganguly summed it up rather nicely - 'let's just remember this guy as a great batsman. Period'

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Greg Chappell is hitting the nail on the head...excellent coach he would have made,but for his 'students'...

  • indianpunter on March 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Before indian fans go overboard ( as usual) at these comments, they need to step back and take one hard look at themselves. Is there any merit in what Greg just said? he may not have been the sharpest tool in the shed when it came to man management, but i feel that he has a point. The western culture is to question/ seek/ collaborate. In India, if you question your teacher in class or your professor in college , you are castigated and sidelined ( in most cases). That breeds a sort of sub servience and meekness, which does not foster leadership qualities. It is only a few who swim against the tide and they come out winners ( Ganguly, Dhoni). They made it DESPITE the system.

  • ajayrcs on March 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Recently a comment about Sachin's retirement made by Ian Chappell that when will he retire now this form brother Greg. But my question is when These two brothers will retire, they are two old to make comments. They are over 60, its funny they want young people for the Job, what about them. Retire from all part of Cricket as soon as possible.

  • PakPacer on March 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Aright umm, I'm a Pakistani fan and I think Greg is definitly reaching here if not being completel ridiculous. Yes India got white washed in England and Australia but they were #1 not too long ago and if Test cricket is not their thing then how do you explain classical batsmen like Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar, not to mention Gavaskar back in the day. I think this is a ploy to sell books.

  • Ashish_WC2011 on March 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @Greg I agree Indian team played really badly ,but if they played badly ,does not give right to anybody on earth to say that Indian culture does not give leaders , please look around you , you will find so many leaders like MSD ( which is exception for you ) , life is more then Cricket , so please think before saying anything about somebody's Country culture.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    "They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions" LOL xD

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Look,as an indian fan myself, dont get sucked into the headlines or the bad remark chapell said about indians and start a loooooong battle underneath here!.he said generally,not that all indians r like that. Generally, just generally,look around you, isnt there something in what he says? its true even when a gangster beats up somebody in our street,ppl(generally,barring some exceptions)ppl are mostly passive onlookers!Also, he does lavish praises on anybody who IS a genuine leader, indian at that.so he appreciates such ppl and doesnt appreciate so much the others who fuss around or spreads negativity.this also doesnt mean that i support wht he did when he was with us! he also created rifts!,just meant at this instance,also its a marketing ploy to bolster his book. But wht the hell, the hurling and accusation wud start any moment now in this page whatever i say!(and that includes non indians scoffing and teasing us and indians venting their anger)

  • VinodGupte on March 7, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    i am an indian but i agree with GC (i never thought I would say that I agree with him) in that India does not encourage questioning, challenging and taking responsibilities. That is how indians are brought up. And you always have to respect your seniors just because they are older than you (and hence must be wiser, they think). You cannot challenge them, you cannot question them and just listen to them. That's how my schooling was. GC is spot on. For once.

  • ab_cricket on March 7, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Well I am an Indian and I agree with Greg on one point which is that we don't take responsibility. Its present everywhere, if something goes wrong, everybody starts finding someone to be blamed rather than introspecting and finding his contribution towards the debacle. But that was the problem of past. You see the younger generation and they are quite confident. The best example is Suresh Raina, although his game might not be upto the mark with short ball and stuff but I like his body language whenever he takes field.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    What a Frustrated Soul!!.....

  • Purana_Pirate on March 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Calling a spade a spade - color me impressed.

    As an Indian, I agree with his observations. Well said Sir.

    Hope he prepares for some backlash tho - because if there is one thing that we absolutely hate - it is to be reminded of our deficiencies.

    "From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions " - Classic.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    really??who ws no. 1 for 1 n half year den???

  • k4rth4 on March 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I stopped reading at "was speaking at a promotional event for his book, Fierce Focus, in Adelaide". Doing a good promotional job Mr. Greg Chappell, a very good job indeed.

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Due to his such thoughts about Indian cricket that he was literally thrown away from India. i dont have any regrets but have sympathy with him that he cant really stand with the accolades indian cricket has earnede over the years.

    And if you want to talk about TEST CRICKET then please don't forget that India is still way ahead of Australia in ICC Test cricket rankings.

  • cric4india on March 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Agreed, agreed and agreed! Unfortunately, with the turn of recent events, I am forced to bend my down like the "Indian" he calls. But would he care to wonder why the Aussies and more regularly the "POMS" are shoven every time they come here!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    they cant play test cricket? um tendulkar greatest test batsmen since bradman, dravid one of the best, laxman has won more matches for india against australia than anyone i can remember...sehwag averages OVER 50 in test cricket...yes they all are out of the form and near the end, but DONT say they cant play test cricket...greg chappell is still the worst thing that happened to india over the last 10 years.

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Who is this Greg Chappell...

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Being an Indian, I totally agree with Greg Chappel. Even though cricketers like Zaheer and Sehwag have helped us win many series', one can tell from their body language that they just don't care. Zaheer who is our best bowler should be bowling the last over of the innings, but in many occassions he hasn't. Cramps and other injuries are a problem some of the time, but in other occassions I just believe he doesn't want to. I do not like both of these players' attitude and fitness, and I will be glad if Sehwag does not get the oppurtunity to lead our team. What kind of role model is he?

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Yeah Greg... nice way to be in the news... With relating to parents or coaches making the decisions thats the reason we still have family values in our country and 15yr old doesnt kill other people. usage of drugs is very low bcoz of that. we have got more discipline where sport is not the only thing... Hate to say this but grow up greg.....

  • sportofpain on March 7, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Wow - Greg Chappell at his pontificating best isn't he. Such generalizations from a man who never played cricket in India and who was an absolute misfit as coach. 'The poms taught them really well to keep their heads down" - Well if that was the case Saurav would have never said anything and would have just taken all that Greg threw at him on the chin wouldn't he? How did Kirsten work with the same team and make them world beaters?

  • Sudhakar86 on March 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Except Sehwag no one in the current team can score 329 in a Test inns.Also there is no need to think about declaring the inns because fairly he will score those runs in 9 hrs. Just 30 more mins will get him the 400*. But as in the case mentioned about Dhoni he would take 20 hrs to score 329* and further 15 hrs to score 400. By the time 5 days will be over and people will stop watching test cricket. Also in the clarke's case, actuaally he did not have guts to fight for 400 rather he declared gracefully for earning a good name though 2 1/2 days were left in the game. Think twice before writing about INDIANS Mr. Greg

  • mushira on March 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    I disagree with you Mr. Chappell.

  • KennytheLeggie on March 7, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I would not say not ALL Indians don't want to play Test Cricket. Players like Praveen Kumar and Dravid really put in a lot of effort when playing. But I must say, I was annoyed at the Indian team when they toured England. There was a lack of commitment to the cause, and considering how passionate the Indian fans are in England, it was them who I felt sorry for. Indian Cricket has been protected by its own board for too long with whining about the DRS, silly excuses, and the inability to axe big players. It is about time the Indian Cricket establishment grew a pair, make the big decisions and focus on the future of the team, and not be scared to take on board how other countries run their cricket sides.

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  • KennytheLeggie on March 7, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I would not say not ALL Indians don't want to play Test Cricket. Players like Praveen Kumar and Dravid really put in a lot of effort when playing. But I must say, I was annoyed at the Indian team when they toured England. There was a lack of commitment to the cause, and considering how passionate the Indian fans are in England, it was them who I felt sorry for. Indian Cricket has been protected by its own board for too long with whining about the DRS, silly excuses, and the inability to axe big players. It is about time the Indian Cricket establishment grew a pair, make the big decisions and focus on the future of the team, and not be scared to take on board how other countries run their cricket sides.

  • mushira on March 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    I disagree with you Mr. Chappell.

  • Sudhakar86 on March 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Except Sehwag no one in the current team can score 329 in a Test inns.Also there is no need to think about declaring the inns because fairly he will score those runs in 9 hrs. Just 30 more mins will get him the 400*. But as in the case mentioned about Dhoni he would take 20 hrs to score 329* and further 15 hrs to score 400. By the time 5 days will be over and people will stop watching test cricket. Also in the clarke's case, actuaally he did not have guts to fight for 400 rather he declared gracefully for earning a good name though 2 1/2 days were left in the game. Think twice before writing about INDIANS Mr. Greg

  • sportofpain on March 7, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Wow - Greg Chappell at his pontificating best isn't he. Such generalizations from a man who never played cricket in India and who was an absolute misfit as coach. 'The poms taught them really well to keep their heads down" - Well if that was the case Saurav would have never said anything and would have just taken all that Greg threw at him on the chin wouldn't he? How did Kirsten work with the same team and make them world beaters?

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Yeah Greg... nice way to be in the news... With relating to parents or coaches making the decisions thats the reason we still have family values in our country and 15yr old doesnt kill other people. usage of drugs is very low bcoz of that. we have got more discipline where sport is not the only thing... Hate to say this but grow up greg.....

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Being an Indian, I totally agree with Greg Chappel. Even though cricketers like Zaheer and Sehwag have helped us win many series', one can tell from their body language that they just don't care. Zaheer who is our best bowler should be bowling the last over of the innings, but in many occassions he hasn't. Cramps and other injuries are a problem some of the time, but in other occassions I just believe he doesn't want to. I do not like both of these players' attitude and fitness, and I will be glad if Sehwag does not get the oppurtunity to lead our team. What kind of role model is he?

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Who is this Greg Chappell...

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    they cant play test cricket? um tendulkar greatest test batsmen since bradman, dravid one of the best, laxman has won more matches for india against australia than anyone i can remember...sehwag averages OVER 50 in test cricket...yes they all are out of the form and near the end, but DONT say they cant play test cricket...greg chappell is still the worst thing that happened to india over the last 10 years.

  • cric4india on March 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Agreed, agreed and agreed! Unfortunately, with the turn of recent events, I am forced to bend my down like the "Indian" he calls. But would he care to wonder why the Aussies and more regularly the "POMS" are shoven every time they come here!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Due to his such thoughts about Indian cricket that he was literally thrown away from India. i dont have any regrets but have sympathy with him that he cant really stand with the accolades indian cricket has earnede over the years.

    And if you want to talk about TEST CRICKET then please don't forget that India is still way ahead of Australia in ICC Test cricket rankings.