Chappell turns 57, but celebrations put off
Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell turned 57 on Sunday, but the birthday bumps were put off for later as the team played a crucial match against the West Indies in the afternoon.
"There were no celebrations and no cake was cut at the hotel in the morning as we have decided that whatever celebrations we will have we will have in the dressing room, most probably after the match," India team manager Sanjay Jagdale told IANS.
No one in Indian team was aware of the former Australia captain's birthday until IANS asked Jagdale whether any celebrations were planned on Sunday. Pleasantly surprised, the former first-class cricketer admitted that no one in the team was aware of the important day.
"I inquired from Rahul after you asked me yesterday, and even he was not aware of his birthday," said the affable Jadgale, who is also secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).
"We discussed among ourselves and decided that we will defer it to the dressing room," said the former national selector.
It is quite possible that Chappell, a thorough professional that he is, himself did not want any celebrations before the important match, especially as he is keen that the team does well on his first assignment under him.
Chappell, whose elder brother and former Australia captain Ian is also here as a television commentator, took over the reins in June and was involved in three different and intense preparatory camps at Bangalore.
Gregory Stephen Chappell was born at Unley, Adelaide, in 1948. He attended Prince Alfred College in Adelaide and represented Queensland, Somerset and South Australia, besides playing 87 Tests and 74 one-day internationals for Australia between 1970 and 1984.
As one of the most elegant middle order batsmen, Chappell scored 7,110 Test runs at 53.86 and 2,331 ODI runs at 40.18.