Chappell's views are in bad taste, says Vengsarkar

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Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012, 13:05 [IST]
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After Dada, Vengsarkar slams Chappell

Mumbai, Jul 6: Greg Chappell's comments have definitely fuelled the controversy as Dilip Vengsarkar also slammed the Australian saying 'his views are in bad taste'.

The Australian's comments on Rahul Dravid has created a flutter as the former chairman of the Selection Committee, Dilip Vengsarkar has also slammed Chappell for creating a controversy to sell his book.

"Chappell's views are in bad taste. What he is saying is absolutely incorrect," Vengsarkar told Mid-day.

"It's true that Dravid was a very good captain and that shows in the results Team India achieved during his reign, but I couldn't foresee what was in store for him," Vengsarkar told Mid-day after Greg Chappell commented on Dravid's success and his captaincy that was not enjoyed by his team members universally.

Vengsarkar also added that it was Chappell who has to be blamed and not the team members as the former coach was not liked by the members of the Indian team while Rahul Dravid was respected by everyone.

"Rahul is a great batsman and a very accomplished captain. It was Greg who wasn't liked by other members of the team. There was discontent among the players, but Rahul was well respected," he said.

Further Kiran More who was also the chairman of the selection committee from 2004 to Sep 2006 before Dravid took over as captain, said Dravid had earned the respect from all the members as was considered to be an iconic figure in the side.

"I have no clue as to what he (Chappell) is saying. The way Dravid carried himself, both as captain and player is praiseworthy. His discipline also made him an iconic figure in the side," More said

Chappell's comments on Dravid's captaincy led to a war of words, as the Australian had mentioned in the book Rahul Dravid - Timeless Steel' (buy it here) , if the stylish cricketer had got some support from the team members he would have become India's successful captain.

As Vengsarkar commented on the same saying "It's true that Dravid was a very good captain and that shows in the results Team India achieved during his reign, but I couldn't foresee what was in store for him."

While another selector Ranjib Biswal also countered Chappell's comments and said the Australian is the one to be blamed and not anyone else.

"His captaincy skills were never in question, but the fact is Rahul himself opted out of the captaincy after failing to control the situation where there was a clear divide between the players and coach. So, in a way, it is Chappell who should be blamed for the entire episode and not any player," Biswal said.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also took a dig at Chappell's comments this morning, as he said "Again, Greg Chappell! I haven't read the book yet. But Greg Chappell can write whatever he likes. It doesn't bother anyone."

Chappell known for his controversial remarks has invited trouble for himself as he has ignited the controversy talking about Rahul Dravid's captaincy and Team India.


Story first published:  Friday, July 6, 2012, 12:57 [IST]
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