'Buchanan slams Indian cricketers'

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 11:05 [IST]
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'Buchanan slams Indian cricketers'

New Delhi: John Buchanan's formal ties with the Indian Team may have been severed when he was sacked as the Knight Riders team's coach but seems like he is not ready to cut all ties.

According to reports, the controversial coach has taken swipes at Indian players like Sunil Gavaskar, Yuvraj Singh, and Harbhajan Singh, in his book 'The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20'.

The list doesn't stop there, he has apparently said some nasty things about others like Kevin Pietersen, Shoaib Akhtar, Vijay Mallya and Mark Ramprakash.

The book that was released recently deals with the subjects of IPL and Twenty20.

Here are the extracts from the book:

On Yuvraj Singh: "Yuvraj Singh in a sense tries to be a modern-day Ganguly, but I don't think he has the charisma or the dignity with which Ganguly carries himself."

On Harbhajan Singh: "Harbhajan is good at dishing out treatment, lighting the fire and then finding an appropriate means to camouflage his actions."

On Andrew Symonds-Harbhajan Singh incident: Buchanan says that "Harbhajan dished it out, but when it came to his turn... he was not able to receive it back so well."

On Vijay Mallya: "Vijay Mallya didn't allow the players to play and the coaches to coach, which is why he employed them in the first place."

On Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar is still a great player, but not in this arena of T20".

On Sunil Gavaskar: The legendary Gavaskar has been referred to be 'blinkered by bias and tradition' and Yuvraj Singh, too, has come in for some harsh criticism.


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