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If he wants, Greg should stay

On numbers alone, Greg Chapell is on par with some of the recent Indian coaches, writes Atul Sondhi.

cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2007 10:50 IST

This week will decide whether Chappell stays, or goes. The popular opinion, having still not recovered from the mauling in the Caribbean, may not be in favour of the beleaguered Coach.

An opinion poll will surely get him a seat on the next flight back home. And why not? Greg's mandate was mission-2007 and he has failed miserably in accomplishing that.

If everything in the last two years was geared towards winning the Cup, or at least reaching the last four, then the Australian must go. But on pure records, Greg does deserve a second chance. Probably for one more season before he is pronounced a proven failure. But that is if he wants to stay.

Before the World Cup, the Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had said that the Cup was extremely important for the players and the public and but one ''can not stake'' one's whole career on it. The same applies for Greg as well. If his two years at the helm have seen some big failures, then there have been some successes as well.

It will be interesting to see the record of some coaches who have coached the Indian team before Greg, before assessing the worth of the Australian.