Greg Chappell denies Sachin Tendulkar's claims

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Updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:13 [IST]
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Greg Chappell denies Sachin's claims

Sydney, Nov 4: Former India coach Greg Chappell has denied claims made by Sachin Tendulkar in his soon to be released book "Playing It My Way".

Tendulkar, who's book will be released this week, has attacked Chappell saying he was a "ringmaster" trying to impose his ideas on the players.

The batting legend claimed that Chappell wanted to replace Rahul Dravid with him just before the 2007 World Cup. Chappell was India's coach from 2005 to 2007.

"The claims made in Sachin's new book were brought to my attention earlier today," Chappell told Cricket Australia's (CA) website today.

"Whilst I don't propose to get into a war of words, I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain. I was therefore very surprised to read the claims made in the book.

"During those years, I only ever visited Sachin's home once, and that was with our physio and assistant coach during Sachin's rehabilitation from injury, at least 12 months earlier than what was reported in the book. "We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon together but the subject of captaincy was never raised," Chappell said on Tuesday.

"Just months before the World Cup, Chappell had come to see me at home and, to my dismay, suggested that I should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid.

"Anjali (Tendulkar's wife), who was sitting with me was equally shocked to hear him say that 'together, we could control Indian cricket for years', and that he would help me in taking over the reins of the side. "I was surprised to hear the coach not showing the slightest amount of respect for the captain, with cricket's biggest tournament just months away", Tendulkar has written in his book.


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:12 [IST]
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