Greg didn’t adapt like John: Dravid
Dravid says both Chappell and Wright had difficulty in coming to terms with certain aspects of the Indian dressing room.cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2007 03:08 IST
Considered an ally of Greg Chappell during the Aussie's eventful stint with the Indian team, captain Rahul Dravid says that the former coach could not adapt to his role as well as his Kiwi predecessor, John Wright.
Dravid said both Chappell and Wright had difficulty in coming to terms with certain aspects of the Indian dressing room, but while Wright was willing to compromise a bit, the Aussie wanted to rule with an iron fist.
"Tension is a good thing within a team, but it needs to be creative, not destructive. John Wright had similar problems at the start but unlike Greg he was prepared to adapt. By the end he (Wright) was more Indian than the Indians," Dravid said in an interview to Michael Atherton.
Dravid, who shared a cordial relationship with Chappell, drew flak from ex-players in the past for allowing the Australian to call the shots on important issues.
The 34-year-old became only the fifth Indian captain to lead his side to a Test series triumph in England but he maintains that a defeat in the one-day series could invite the daggers again.
Asked if he found captaining India a burden in such a scenario, Dravid said, "Burden is too strong a word and people say that because of how I look. I'm not naturally a cheery-looking soul on the field.
"I do enjoy it but there are aspects I find tough. What I find hardest is the absolute lack of proportion. It makes it very hard to build a team when two or three bad games provoke such extreme reactions."
“There is a lot of talk of how pampered our players are but it's not easy for the youngsters to deal with such extreme emotional reactions to their every performance."