Controversy struck coach Chappell earns praise

Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jamshedpur:Cricket coach Greg Chappell today earned a lot of praise from wicketkeeper Mahender Singh Dhoni who said he has immensely benefitted working under the Australian.

"Chappell is a well informed coach and he knows how to bring out the best from the players", Dhoni said after inaugurating the first edition of Jharkhand State CricketAssociations's (JSCA) quarterly newsletter in the JSCA office here.

I have immensely benifitted under his guidance as coach, Dhoni said in the presence of JSCA president Amitabh Choudhury, who was the manager of the Indian team during itsZimbabwe visit.

Dhoni said he had to improve his performance further to get a berth in the test matches.

Apart from the Challenger trophy, he said the forthcoming one-day series against South Africa and Sri Lanka will be vital for him to prove his mettle to reserve a berth in thelonger version of the game.

I have been working hard to further improve my performance in the two forthcoming ODI series, where I will be playing altogether 12 matches, he said.

To a query about which particular slot in the batting line-up he would prefer to play, Dhoni said it depends what the team management wanted from the players.

It will be advantageous for me to play in different slots in the batting order as this would help me to fulfill the requirement of the team management. I have not yet been tried in some other slots, he said.

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