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Chapter 1 in Chappell~~s coaching manual: Consistency

Published: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore:Lack of consistency has been the perennial problem of Indian cricket and new coach Greg Chappell has a grim reminder for his players: one bad series, one bad day can spoil the whole season.

Chappell, who has advocated a theory of 'commitment to excellence' for making India a world beater, said for being a successful outfit every player needs to do the basic things well all round the year.

"If they (India) want to be champion team, we have to make commitments to putting the energy and effort into those things really well... consistently through each day's play for the length of the game, for the length of the series," the former Australian captain said.

"One bad series, one bad game can spoil the whole season. So, we need discipline to be able to commit to that effort if the pressure gets great.

"It's not something that the players have not done before. Each one of the them in their own way have been successful at this level... What we need now is commitment to doing that all day, every day."

On whether he would face any difficulty in handling the ego problems of star cricketers, Chappell replied in the negative saying he had prior experience of dealing with "strong-willed individuals."

"Anyone who is successful has a good ego. They back themselves to do well. That is necessary. You need strong personalities in a team. Each one of these guys in their own ways are strong personalities.

"I have worked with some really strong-willed individuals when I was playing. I played against them. I have coached team with strong individuals. I like strong individuals. Because without them we are not anywhere."

The 56-year-old former batsman said he has taken some feedback from his predecessor, John Wright, about his experience of working with the Indian team.

"I have spoken to John. I had a long conversation with him. He has given me some very good information. Good thing is that John really enjoyed working with the Indian team and individuals within that team. He has given me only positive feedback.

"Yes, he has talked about some of the frustrations. That's ok. We need to know about those things. But the important information that he gave me was that they (Indian team) are great bunch of guys. They are committed to being good cricketers. We can't ask for much more than that."

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