"Greg was a great cricketer and captain. When he took over your team he had to make some major changes and he chose the hard route by forcing Ganguly out. He (Chappell) has got new ideas and he doesn't indulge in politics", Alderman told reporters.
Alderman and his mates, former offie Collin Miller and left-arm quick Mike Whitney, who were here for the Signature World Cup of Golfing Cricketers, expressed the view that Chappell's job had been made that much easier with the earlier appointment of John Wright, his predecessor.
Said Whitney: "Had Chappell been your first foreign coach, it would have been a different story for he would have found the going tougher".
Miller recalled the 2001 series in India that he was part of and termed it the best he has ever played in. India won that epic series 2-1, riding on some superb performance from VV S Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh.