Chappell rubbishes Ganguly-Dravid 'spat'
The scribes were speculating that Ganguly and his successor were involved in a spat.india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 00:45 IST
What were they discussing?
Team India captain Rahul Dravid and his predecessor Sourav Ganguly were seen engaged in an animated discussion with coach Greg Chappell looking on just before the start of the first Test between India and Pakistan.
Going by Chappell, "They were discussing cricket".
His explanation could not convince the scribes who were speculating that Ganguly and his successor were involved in a spat.
"They were discussing cricket. I don't know where all these talks come from. There was nothing of the sort," Chappell said, advising media not to read too much into it.
An important Test match was being played and people should focus on that, he said.
Even the television commentators were surprised by the episode and a former Pakistani skipper felt these things should be confined to the dressing room.
Chappell also took pains to explain his team's predicament at the end of the first day's play.
"It was a good batting wicket and they took full advantage of it. Under these conditions, most bowling sides would have struggled," argued Chappell.
"Our bowlers did a good job in the morning but we didn't bowl well in the final session," he observed.
Chappell also felt that his team would have been better off picking up a few more wickets.
Asked whether the wicket might change it's character, he said, "It's a five-day game and the wicket might change.
First Published: Jan 14, 2006 00:45 IST