DROPPING a bombshell, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has attacked then India coach Greg Chappell describing him as ‘ring master’ who imposed his ideas on players. Tendulkar also disclosed that Chappell had made a “shocking” suggestion to him to take over India’s captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
Remember, Chappell was appointed coach of the Indian national cricket team (from 2005 to 2007) for a two-year term until the World Cup 2007. While he was the coach of the Indian team, several Indian cricketers were unhappy with his methods. Even then Tendulkar wasn’t happy with his coaching methods. Sourav Ganguly was also a bad phase in Indian cricket.
According to media reports Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing it My Way’, to be released worldwide on November 6. Tendulkar writes that just months before the World Cup, Chappell visited Tendukar’s home and suggested him that he (Tendulkar) should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar says that not only he Anjali (Tendulkar’s wife) was also shocked to hear.
Chappell was suggesting him that if he (Tendulkar) gets ready they could control Indian cricket for year. Chappell stayed for a couple of hours and was trying to convince Tendulkar before leaving the home. However Tendulkar had rejected Chappell’s proposition outright.