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India cricketers sign off Guru Greg any which way

India’s cricketers and former coach Greg Chappell aren’t exactly members of the mutual admiration club. However, the extent of the revulsion extends far beyond the field — even the mere sight of Chappell's name can rub our cricketers the wrong way. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2011 22:57 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

India’s cricketers and former coach Greg Chappell aren’t exactly members of the mutual admiration club. However, the extent of the revulsion extends far beyond the field — even the mere sight of Chappell's name can rub our cricketers the wrong way.

Just ask Baljit Singh Toki. The Sikh cricket-fan from Sydney has been following India over the past three tours to Australia. Like most fans, he wanted autographs of his cricketing heroes.

On India’s last tour in 2007-08 he finally got his chance. Just one problem, the hat he wanted the Indian players to sign on was a signature Greg Chappell floppy. Toki went up to India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh seeking an autograph. On seeing Chappell’s insignia on the hat, Harbhajan said, “Greg Chappell? Why are you wearing this, mate?”

An embarrassed Toki had no answer, Bhajji then said, “Well I'll sign it right here (next to Chappell’s name). It should make up for that logo (Chappell’s).” Toki also got the hat signed by Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. He added that a couple of other players decided against signing the hat when they saw Chappell's name on it. What’s in a name? Depends on whose name it is!