Suri: On the ocassion of Inter-District T-20 final play in Suri, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has lashed out at Greg Chappell on the breakdown of Indian Cricket Team.
Recently, another Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has showered criticizing words on Greg Chappell in his autobiography ‘281 And Beyond’. Supporting that statement, Ganguly added more criticism on this.
In his statement, Laxman mentioned that Chappell was ‘rigid and imflexible’ in his approach. The ‘very very special’ middle-order batsman also added that Greg Chappell had no idea that how to run an international cricket team and often seemed to forget that it was the players who played the game and were stars, not the coach.
“Chappell arrived in India to a groundswell of goodwill and support. He left the team in tatters, having played an influential part in the worst phase of my playing career. Results on the field might suggest that his methods worked to some extent, but those results had nothing to do with our coach,” Laxman added. The right-hander went on to say that Chappell sowed discontent in the team and lacked the basic man-management skills. Laxman reiterated that he had tremendous respect for Chappell the batsman but he could not say the same thing as coach.
“He was brusque and abrasive, highly opinionated and rigid in his thinking. His man-management skills were non-existent. He quickly sowed further seeds of discontent in an already diffident team…I will always respect Greg Chappell the batsman. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Greg Chappell the coach,”
“The coach had his favourites, who were well looked after, while the others were left to fend for themselves. The team had disintegrated before our eyes,” he writes.
Laxman is not the only Indian cricketer to criticize Chappell. Sachin Tendulkar had said Chappell’s tenure was the worst in his career while Harbhajan Singh termed Chappell ‘two-faced’.
Expressing his consent on Laxman obseervations which he noted in his autobiography, Sourav Ganguly said that “I have read, he is absolutely right.”