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Chappell calling shots? Blame Dravid: Kapil

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:While the likes of Ravi Shastri bemoans that its coach Greg Chappell who is calling the shots and taking all the crucial decisions, former captain Kapil Dev felt captain Rahul Dravid is to be blamed if that is the case with Team India.

Talking to reporters ahead of Sunday's Hutch Delhi Half Marathon, of which he is the brand ambassador, Kapil said it is the captain's prerogative to make the final decisions with backing from the selectors but if that was not the case, Dravid has to cop the blame.

''I would have to blame the captain in that case. It's the captain who has the reins in his hands. Team manager or coach can only suggest but in the end, it's the skipper who has to go out in the middle and play.

''The Captain always has a huge say in scheme of things and he has the biggest responsibility,'' he added.

Shastri, in recent past, observed that with Dravid not asserting his authority, Chappell was dictating everything and advised the captain to exert more influence.

Meanwhile, Chappell's continuous experimentations also failed to convince Kapil, who opined against frequent tinkering with the batting order.

''Our culture says uncertainty has never brought out the best in us. We the Indians are not a nation of wanderers, like the Americans or the Aussies. We drop anchor at some place and live for generations.

'Similarly, a batsman needs to be certain of his place in the line-up,'' he explained.

''Before experimentations, you have to consider the Indian scenario. Ninty nine per cent of all the experiments are done outside and people try to implement those here. For instance, people try to propagate how pasta can do us a world of good, which is preposterous.

''Experiment with only those things which suit us,'' he advised.

Kapil also shared his feelings about what he feels should be the coach's role.

''If you ask me, you need a coach at school and college levels. I guess you don't try to coach the likes of (Sachin) Tendulkar, Rahul (Dravid) or Anil (Kumble). What they may need is just adjustements.

''But you definitely need a motivator who can talk the players out of their low morale in the wake of a defeat,'' he elaborated.

Asked if Team India needs a bowling coach as well, Kapil shot back, ''Why don't you go for a wicket-keeping coach, a fielding coach and spin bowling coach as well?'' Kapil was not impressed with Team India's army-style training either.

''From Army point of view, that was wonderful and it showed we consider the army good enough to teach the cricketers a few things.

But from cricket point of view, I'm not very sure how much it benefited the players,'' he said.

UNI

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