‘Unacceptable, unforgivable’: Chappell slammed

Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell fell out shortly after the latter’s appointment as India coach.
Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell fell out shortly after the latter’s appointment as India coach.

INDIA'S Sourav Ganguly has slammed Greg Chappell in his new book 'A Century is Not Enough', accusing the Australian great of doing the "unthinkable".

Chappell spent close to two years as India's head coach from May 2005 to April 2007, during which he regularly clashed with the team's senior players and Ganguly in particular.

Having pushed for Chappell's appointment as coach, Ganguly was sacked as captain within four months of the Australian starting his tenure. He would spend the next 12 months dropping in and out of India's XI in both Test and one-day cricket.

It was a tumultuous period in Indian cricket in which accusations flew from both sides and reached its nadir when the country crashed out in the group stage of the 2007 World Cup - Chappell's last tournament in charge.



Sourav Ganguly lost captaincy four months after Greg Chappell became India coach.
Sourav Ganguly lost captaincy four months after Greg Chappell became India coach.

More than a decade later Ganguly remains bitter.

"This (2005) remains the most turbulent chapter of my life," Ganguly wrote. "Not only was my captaincy suddenly taken away for no reason but I was also dropped as a player. I feel angry even as I write this.

"What happened was unthinkable. Unacceptable. Unforgivable.

"History hasn't recorded many instances of a winning captain being dropped so unceremoniously, that too after scoring a hundred in the last Test series. In Indian cricket there are no such parallels and I doubt whether there will ever be.

"So Mr Gregory Stephen Chappell and the selection committee led by Kiran More have indeed put me in august company."

The former Indian captain revealed to the Hindustan Times on Sunday that he has not spoken to Chappell since 2007.

He is not the first of India's fab four - Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman - to take a shot at Chappell in retirement.

In his 2014 autobiography, 'Playing It My Way', Tendulkar accused Chappell of encouraging him to push for captaincy on the eve of the 2007 World Cup. Cricket's greatest ever run-scorer maintains that India was "going nowhere" under the coach.

"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," wrote Tendulkar.

"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. He stayed for a couple of hours, trying to convince me, before finally leaving.

"I don't think I would be far off the mark if I said that most of us felt that Indian cricket was going nowhere under Chappell."

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