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'Dravid didn't have guts against Chappell'
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December 19, 2011
First Published: 14:15 IST(19/12/2011)
Last Updated: 14:43 IST(19/12/2011)

Former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly has criticised Rahul Dravid for not opposing Greg Chappell during his stint as captain. Ganguly said that Dravid lacked the courage to oppose Chappel though he made so many mistakes which were not in the interest of the team.

 

Talking about coach Chappel's stint as coach on a TV Channel Sourav said, "He came with some personal vendetta and also lacked foresight. He didn't want a settled dressing room. He made mistakes after mistakes but the then captain Rahul Dravid never had the guts to stop him (Chappell) from his wrongdoing."

"He was against Tendulkar, Laxman, Zaheer, Harbhajan and all of them have proved to be world class players. They are still performing for their country even now," Ganguly said.

Asked about whether BCCI could have acted more wisely, Ganguly replied, "At that point of time, BCCI was having a change of guard. So there wasn't much they could have done about it."

Speaking on the India-Australia series, Ganguly also said that Chappell's presence in the Australian dressing room trying to plot the downfall of Indian batsmen,  won't be of much benefit to the home team.

A couple of days back, a report in the Daily Telegraph stated that former India coach Chappell has been invited by current coach Mickey Arthur to address Aussie players on how to tackle champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

"Chappell will address the Australian squad for the first Test next week and he is the one man with the knowledge to demystify the champion (Tendulkar) Australia never feel they have got to the bottom of," the report said.

"To Australian bowlers, Tendulkar has been the master they have never mastered. His record against Australia in Tests - he averages 60.6 with 11 centuries in 31 Tests - makes him the greatest Aussie basher of his generation," it further stated.

According to Ganguly, with whom Chappell shared a tumultous captain-coach relationship, the latter's presence in Australia's support staff unit during their tour of India, back in 2008 wasn't of much help.

"If you look back at 2008 series which happened to be my last, Chappell was present in Australian team's support staff. Yet we won the series 2-0. Therefore, I don't think his presence would make any difference this time also," Ganguly told a news channel.


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