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Greg’s new gurukul

cricket Updated: Nov 20, 2007 15:50 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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Greg Chappell could not shape the present of Indian cricket the way he wanted to. Now, he has taken upon himself the task of shaping the future of Indian cricket.

And his laboratory — Future Cricket Academy — is located at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. And as one would expect from the innovative Australian, the academy is quite different — in terms of training methods at least — from the usual academies.

One could be forgiven for mistaking the academy for a military training institute — the sight of a trainee doing a military obstacle course that included broad jumps, vaulting high walls, climbing rope etc suggested that.

“The cricketer of the future will have more demands on him. So he will have to be far stronger, physically as well as mentally,” said Chappell.

He blocked all questions pertaining to his stint with the national squad, including even those with a hint of a remote connection with the current squad.

Chappell lost his cool a bit when a journalist asked whether his method had any relevance to actual cricketing skills.

“Well, I feel it has all the relevance and I am as much entitled to my opinion as you are to yours,” came the curt reply.

A hard nut to crack indeed.