Team India should win more 'away' Tests: Chappell

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Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 10:45 [IST]
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India should win more 'away' Tests: Greg

Kolkata, Feb 28: Former Australia skipper Greg Chappell on Wednesday said the future of Indian cricket looks very bright but was worried about the team's performance in the longer version of the game.

Chappell, who was associated with the Indian cricket team for a couple of years during Sourav Ganguly's era, felt the team has developed by leaps and bounds in the limited overs format of the game especially under the able leadership of MS Dhoni.

Greg Chappell, who was in Kolkata to deliver the annual Tiger Pataudi lecture on Wednesday shared his views on the future of the Indian cricket team.

"I think the future of Indian cricket is very strong. I am excited to think where Indian cricket can go and can lead the game," Chappell said while delivering the annual Tiger Pataudi lecture in Kolkata.

Referring to the recent series loss against England at home and the twin series defeats to Australia and England overseas, Chappell stressed on India's need to win Test matches.

"If we allow Tests to lose, cricket will lose its soul. Cricket will be poorer," Chappell said while delivering the annual Pataudi lecture at Kolkata on Wednesday.

Due to the growth of the shorter version of the game, cricket has gained a lot of popularity and Chappell feels T20 need not be changed.

"T20 has taken the game to a different level. It is here to stay, no doubt about that. We don't need to change that," he said.

Though he voiced his opinion regarding T20s and India's emergence in the shorter version of the game, the former Indian coach stressed on the importance of playing Test matches.

Moreover since India is struglging to win Tests abroad, Chappell feels Team India should concentrate on performing well under different conditions.

"That is where you develop players who can play all over the world. I think once your cricket embraces this, there will be no stopping what Indian cricket can achieve."

"It (India) should be the next cricket super-power. It should dominate cricket in the long-term. For that, changes are needed but not ad-hoc strategies," he said adding that India should win more matches away from home.


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