Criticism hurts, says Greg Chappell

Updated on Nov 21, 2006 01:46 PM IST

The cricket coach admits that his team was hurt by the sharp criticism back home, ahead of its second ODI vs SA.

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Coach Greg Chappell has admitted that the Indian team was hurt by the sharp criticism back home, but insisted that his policy of bringing young talent into the side was the key to improvement.

"Nobody likes being criticised and we are no different, and the boys are keen to perform to a level which would make the press and the fans back home happy," the Australian said during the team's intensive practice session at the nets in Kingsmead ahead of the second one-dayer against South Africa.

Chappell said that bringing in new blood and infusing the team with fresh talent was the key for India's improvement in the field. He cited the example of a particular spell in Australian cricket when they struggled to find genuine talents for nine years.

"It is important that youngsters such as Ramesh Powar, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel or Suresh Raina were given as much chance as possible for their talent to come through," he said.

The batting legend bemoaned the weather interruptions which had held up his team from gaining rhythm and confidence in the lead up to next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.

"The last few months have been frustrating because of interruptions by rains and only six of the last 13 games have been free from such hold-ups. Hopefully, from now until the next World Cup, the boys would be able to acquire as much momentum and confidence as possible," Chappell said on Monday.

However, the dark background here because of looming black clouds spelt out the possibility of rain after the first one-day international against the hosts in Johannesburg was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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