Greg is fickle-minded: Maninder Singh
"His attitude is not in the interests of the team. We should have had a better foreign coach," said the former India spinner.india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 11:56 IST
Accusing Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell of being fickle-minded, former Test spinner Maninder Singh has said the Australian lacked faith in himself and cannot lift the team's performance.
"A clear case of Greg Chappell's inconsistency is how he handled Irfan Pathan's batting order. Greg (Chappell) made Irfan bat at number three for so many one-dayers, and suddenly after a single failure in the first one-day match in West Indies, Irfan was suddenly demoted to number eight in the batting order. Can anyone justify this," Maninder asked.
The left-arm spinner rejected the argument that he was like other former Indian cricketers who were to opposed a foreign coach.
"On the contrary, I feel Indian team does need a foreign coach only as he is above local politics," Maninder said.
"I feel that for a coming few years, Indian side needs a foreign coach, as they are in a better position to break the trend of entertaining undue interference in team's matters, and also a foreign coach is not under pressure due to extraneous considerations of BCCI.
"However, having supported the concept of a foreign coach, let me make it clear that Chappell was not a correct choice as a coach. His attitude is not in the interests of the team. We should have had a better foreign coach."
Expressing dissatisfaction at the Indian team's preparation for forthcoming World Cup, Maninder said: "In my view the preparation is not on the right track.
"Around eight months are left for the mega event and with my experience I can say that our preparation is merely 40 per cent of what it should have been at this time.
"I find that the correct thinking for the World Cup is also lacking. Captain, coach and the selectors should have identified the team composition by now, but I find that they are laying trust in wrong players, and are ignoring fresh talent.
"It is the work of the coach to infuse confidence in the side, which I am sorry to say is completely lacking at the moment."
Noting that the much-hyped Indian victory in the last Test against West Indies had in fact diverted attention from the team's weaknesses, Maninder said: "India should have won the Test series against West Indies 3-0. We were playing against one of the weakest West Indian sides ever.
"India had the right balance to beat them in the one-dayers as well as Test matches. But we lost the one-day series and managed to win only a single Test, which shows we were found lacking."