~~Chappell is ~~stubborn, indulgent experimenter~~

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Team India coach Greg Chappell is a 'stubborn' and 'over indulgent experimenter' who is dominating Indian cricket due to a 'weak' skipper, Rahul Dravid, and an equally below par selection panel, which failed to act decisively on Sourav Ganguly under pressure from the Australian, feels former captain Kapil Dev.

In an interview to India TV, Kapil said Chappell's frequent experiments have left top cricketers in the team insecure about their place in the side and their position in the batting order.

''Insecurity may work in a culture like Australia where people pick up a box and shift cities next day,'' a caustic Kapil Dev observed.

''Insecurity doesn't work in a culture like ours, where our entire existence is based on our craving for security, our DNA of not being shaken up too often, where a house once built is not deserted for the next ten generations. But Greg does not seem to understand this culture,'' he added.

Kapil said Chappell has not been able to understand this craving for security and his experiments have ended up doing more harm than good to the cricketers.

''He does not understand that (in India) insecurity can't give you solid results. Instead, it shakes people's confidence amongst themselves. But Greg doesn't seem to understand. Such a man is either very stubborn or his level of thinking is so high that it isn't understood by ordinary people like us,'' Kapil explained.

''Look at the constant shaking up, the constant experimentation.

I have seen Irfan Pathan coming out to bat at number three 15-18 times out of 25! What am I to make out of it?'' he quipped.

Expressing his exasperation with Chappell for the manner in which Ganguly was stripped of captaincy and Dravid was installed, Kapil said, ''This isn't just about Greg. This is about the five national selectors. Greg should be only giving them his input.

It was for the five Selectors to take the final call. If our selectors are weak, I won't blame Greg for dropping Sourav Ganguly.'' On being asked about Dravid's alleged surrender before Chappell and his resultant elevation to the position of Indian Skipper, the former captain said if Dravid had bowed to such pressure then he was being weak.

Speaking on Sachin Tendulkar's comeback, Kapil reiterated that the master blaster was past his prime but denied that he wanted Sachin to retire.

''Retirement is a thing you decide on your own. All I would like someone like Sourav or Sachin to do is to go with their head held high. Sachin will never bat like we saw him a few years back in Sharjah or Australia. He is no longer 18. He is 33. The domination we have seen from Sachin will never be seen again,'' he said.

''Gavaskar had to go. I had to go. Even Bradman had to go.

We should give Sachin all the respect for what he has already achieved. Instead, we expect him to play on until he's 50 years old!,'' he added.


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