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India lucky to get Dhoni: Chappell
Jaipur, October 01, 2007
First Published: 20:26 IST(1/10/2007)
Last Updated: 03:14 IST(2/10/2007)

Greg Chappell is happy with the way the Indian cricket team, with which he had a tumultuous two-year stint, is shaping up and believes the side has unearthed an able leader in Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The former India coach, who made an unceremonious exit following India's World Cup debacle in the West Indies, was in Jaipur in his new role as consultant for the Future Cricket Academy of the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

"I had foreseen a great future for Dhoni. He has proved his potential and as a leader he has been most impressive. The Indians are lucky to have a leader like him," he said of Dhoni who led India to the Twenty20 World Cup triumph in South Africa.

Chappell also took the opportunity to state that as India's coach, he had done his best and it was for others to judge him.

"The Indian team is now doing well. When I was there as the coach, whatever I did stood them in good stead. It is up to others to judge. Indian cricket is lucky that they can choose from," he said.

Chappell was cautious in his remarks and ducked questions on other issues, fearing it may lead to controversy. He also refused to comment on the Indian team currently playing without a permanent coach, a post lying vacant since the Australian's exit.

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