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I don't respond to anybody's remarks: Chappell

The Indian coach refused to respond to criticism from former allrounder Ravi Shastri about the way the team management functioned of late.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:15 IST

Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell on Friday refused to respond to criticism from former all rounder Ravi Shastri about the way the team management functioned of late and said everyone was entitled to his opinions.

"I don't know what he said, but everyone is entitled to his opinions," the former Australian captain told reporters at the function to launch the Indian edition of his well-received book 'The Making of Champions' here this evening.

Shastri had hit out at Indian captain Rahul Dravid in a recent article saying that the latter should start calling the shots on things like deciding on the team's batting order and not leave it to Chappell.

Chappell also got support at the function from top Indian cricket board functionary Raj Singh Dungapur who praised the former's methods of coaching and said he was on the right path vis-a-vis the Indian team.

"His policy that all the players in the 14 are good enough to be in the 11 is good and it boosts competition," he said.

"Because of this policy people like Sreesanth and Raina have got their chances to prove themselves," the former board chief said before releasing Chappell's book at the Cricket Club of India.

"I still remember and will always remember Chappell's words to me at breakfast one morning when we were in Pakistan. He said we in India overdid the coaching part."

As a response Chappell said, "Sometimes as coach saying nothing is better than saying a wrong thing".

"Talent is important, but early exposure to a competitive environment is crucial to a player's progress. The sooner it is triggered in individuals it's the better," the national cricket coach said.

Chappell, who flew back today from Australia after having taken a break at the end of India's disastrous campaign in the tri-nation series in Malaysia, said the induction of leading West Indian sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster to help the Indian players would make a difference.

"Rudi has lot of experience in dealing with top athletes in the world, in tennis and golf, besides having helped top West Indian cricketers too in the past who, I won't name. He's quickly developed a rapport with our team when we were in the West Indies. His involvement with the team was very important," Chappell said.

"Rahul and the seniors in the team responded very well to him. Virender Sehwag has gone on record saying Rudi had an impact on his performance.

"I think he's a very user friendly psychologist. We thought it's good to bring him in before the (2007) World Cup. He will deal with each individual separately," said one of the all-time great batsmen from Australia.

Chappell said it was upto the Indian board whether they wanted to use his services for players below the age of 19.

First Published: Oct 07, 2006 15:17 IST