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'Dhoni's method was and is unique' - Chappell

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October 6, 2013

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Greg Chappell on MS Dhoni: "If he thought he could do something, he would go ahead and say he could do it." © AFP
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Greg Chappell, the former India coach, has praised MS Dhoni, saying the current India captain had supreme confidence in his skills and had harboured no doubts about his ability to play cricket at the international level.

Dhoni made his ODI debut for India in 2004 but made his Test debut in 2005, while Chappell was coach of the team. "His reading of the game was incredible. He had a calmness and an inner strength which wasn't something I had seen a lot of in other cricketers," Chappell told the Indian Express. "He was very confident. He wasn't cocky but there wasn't any false modesty either. If he thought he could do something, he would go ahead and say he could do it.

"Both in India and Australia you have a lot of players who are afraid to stand up because they feel they might be thought of as being ahead of themselves or setting themselves up for failure. He had no concerns about that. He was supremely confident in his own ability. He had some work to do with his wicketkeeping but you could see he had the basics. I saw him as far more than a one-day cricketer. I could see him as a Test cricketer. And I could certainly see him as a captain."

Chappell credited Dhoni's success as a leader to the his ability to connect with the seniors and youngsters in the team. "His ability in the Indian dressing room to move between the seniors and the juniors was unique. There was nobody else I saw that could compare," Chappell said. "Even some of the seniors struggled with other seniors. Not just physical strength but also an emotional strength … a spiritual strength. He knew who he was. He didn't have any doubts about his ability to play at that level."

Chappell recounted a session he had with the Indian players shortly after he took over as coach: "It was an amazing story of where he [Dhoni] had come from and how he had learned his cricket playing on the streets with his friends, and at each level how he had to prove himself again because each time he came in he was the new boy. He talked very well about how each of those steps had given him something. Some confidence, some experience, some knowledge."

Chappell also said Dhoni's confidence in his abilities and his unique approach to the game had helped him deal with pressures and failure in cricket. "This game is about dealing with failure. Bradman batted 80 times in Test cricket and he only got 29 hundreds. So he failed 51 times. The rest of us have had a huge struggle," Chappell said. "It's only those who accept that they are going to fail a lot and have a belief that their method will work, who will be able to keep at it. Dhoni's method was and is unique. Not many people play like him, but he has immense confidence in it. And that's all that really matters."

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Posted by   on (October 18, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

someone has to take the blame of world cup 2007. it is forced on Greg. that's it. away record in his reign is too good. chasing is immortal. one failure bring all the politics inside.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 9, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Indian cricket went to number 1 side in tests and could not stay there. A process that started with Ganguly and then passed onto to Dhoni. Our biggest fault is that we did not match the other teams in the pace bowling department and with games played in NZ, ENG, SA, AUST we needed to match teams. We can work out our way in the spin and batting dept - but not in the pace. Bowling fast and accurately is missing by our pacers like Ishant, Yadav and Aaron.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Indian cricket went to number 1 side in tests and could not stay there. A process that started with Ganguly and then passed onto to Dhoni. Our biggest fault is that we did not match the other teams in the pace bowling department and with games played in NZ, ENG, SA, AUST we needed to match teams. We can work out our way in the spin and batting dept - but not in the pace. Bowling fast and accurately is missing by our pacers like Ishant, Yadav and Aaron.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Here is what Chappell did. 1) He removed Dada by creating controversy. He wanted to show that he can even take care of captain, and made every other player feerfull. 2) He suggested that Sachin should retire, that way team will be more week. 3) The whole team was afraid of him and he was able to create uncertainty and environment of untrust. No one was calm. 4) The only guys who were performing, the that had did not care attitude (Shewag, Dhoni)....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

also the odi wc was the only failure of greg chappell....apart from that we were doing very well in odis and tests...winning quite a few test and odi series even abroad...we even made a record of winning 17 odis on the trot while chasing...that was something special because many considered that india did not chase well in odis...just because of one wc we cannot call greg reign as a coach unsuccessful...like i said apart from that we were doing quite well under greg...and like i said he had ego clashes with seniors but that proved good for india...see how the seniors came to realise that they cannot rest on their laurels...ganguly also showed character and made a good comeback...if greg was not there he would have been still inconsistent...true he would not have been able to do what kirsten did but in the same way kirsten could not have done what greg did...viz...induction of young blood in indian team and giving them courage and security....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

@harmony111. try googling the keywords- dhoni captaincy material chappell. You will find your answer. Maybe you were not following cricket actively in 2006.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

greg chappell is one of the towering figures in australian cricket and hence has a ego and certain arrogance....thats why he had clashes with the indian players...other coaches like john wright kirsten and now fletcher were not of such a big stature and hence they were soft and adjusting and accommodating and avoiding friction route....greg did a lot of good for the indian cricket...he broke the old hierarchy of the senior players and enabled new generation players to become big...everybody knows that seniority is regarded highly and newcomers dont have any say in pretty much everything...greg sought to break down this and hence his clashes with big names of indian cricket like sachin ganguly sehwag bhajji etc...he was the one who brought the australian culture in indian cricket of perform or perish and put the senior players on their toes...they came to know that they cannot rest on past glory and will have to perform consistently...hence their resentment with greg chappell..

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

As Greg Chappell says Doni is exceptional in what he does and if he quits wicket keeping and solely concentrate on his batting and captaining the India team, He will be better and the confidence he has as a cricketer, is simply special, cannot copy and young Angelo Mathews sometimes is close yet need so much courage and improvement and lastly Dhoni is special and exceptional

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 7, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Once Sehwag was asked pointedly if Greg ever gave him any useful batting tips - his sharp reply was No, never. Just google this. One of our most talented bowlers Irfan Pathan lost his tower after Greg advised him to build muscles instead of focusing on core bowling skills Pathan used to bowl at 135-140 in those days but lost it all due to poor advice. Munaf Patel is another example of Greg's poor cultivation skills. As a coach, he failed to deal with Ganguly, Sachin. Dravid went along partially cos he was way too soft. I actually never heard of Greg ever saying Dhoni would make a great captain. He did say Viru was the future captain of India but did nothing to work on it.

Greg got a decent team from Wright and took it to absolute "Rasaatal". Kirsten inherited that horrible team and made it WC twice over. How can anyone give Greg any credit for this? He destroyed team structure & team morale. Except Raina Greg backed no one else and you try so many times you will hit once in a while.

Posted by anilrajan22 on (October 7, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

No doubts related to Dhoni's exceptional leadership quality today, I do believe this quality was not inherent unlike his ability to read the situation making street smart decisions under pressure. Fans & Management has kept faith and with time & experience he has became a leader who we know today. Under Chappell I don't think dhoni would have been excelled, Looking at the comments from chappell, he might have kept more technically sound wicket keeper in the team like dinesh karthik. So Indian team is lucky today that it is not the case. Apart from the views all you guys shared here, I only remember under his coaching, how Munaf patel who being hailed as the fastest man in Indian cricket at that time converted into ordinary slow bowler..

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