'Too many experiments cause insecurity'
Former skipper Kapil Dev describes Greg as a 'stubborn' and an 'over indulgent experimenter'.india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 17:54 IST
Former India captain Kapil Dev described coach Greg Chappell as a ‘stubborn’ and an ‘over indulgent experimenter’ who had left the top players in the team an insecure lot due to his limited understanding of the culture of the sub-continent.
“Insecurity may work in a culture like Australia where people pick up a box and shift cities next day. Insecurity does not work in a culture like ours, where entire existence is based on our craving for security, our DNA is of not being shaken up too often,” Kapil said.
“...But Greg does not seem to understand this culture. He does not understand that (in India) insecurity can’t give you solid results. Instead, it shakes people’s confidence.
“Such a man is either very stubborn or his level of thinking is so high that it is not understood by ordinary people like us,” said the world cup winning captain, who also coached the national team in the past.
He, however, said “I won't really blame Greg Chappell for dropping Sourav Ganguly.”
The former all-rounder also said Rahul Dravid would be a weak captain if he surrendered to external pressures.
“If Dravid bows down to pressure from any agency outside the playing field, he is being a weak captain,” a press release quoted him as saying in an interview to be telecast on India TV on Sunday.
Kapil said Sachin Tendulkar was past his prime but not at a stage to announce his retirement. “Sachin will never bat like we saw him a few years back in Sharjah or Australia, he said. “We get very emotional about this and expect him to perform at the same level. But that’s like building castles in the air.”
First Published: Oct 22, 2006 14:13 IST