Greg Chappell:The Cricketer Known for His Controversies.

Ramalingam By Ramalingam, 6th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Greg Chappell, the former Australian cricketer is known for his controversies.The latest controversy that he sparked of was about the Indian players during the captaincy of Rahul Dravid.

Greg Chappell, the Controversial Cricketer.

Retired Cricketers As Trend Setters

Chapppel Brothers

Greg Chappel's Controversies .

Retired cricketers have become trend setters in writing books loaded with controversies and sell them as hot cakes. It is an irony that in the process such cricketers not only burn their fingers and in fact some times such controversies they unleash backfire at them.

No doubt the Chappell brothers, Ian and Greg had been the backbone of Australian cricket during their prime days and had made immense and invaluable contribution to the Australian cricket.

After their retirement, Ian Chappell has been a fine cricket commentator and known for his straightforward and unbiased views and bold comments on the performance of the players. Luckily, Ian Chappell has not got entangled in any controversies.

But Ian’s brother, Greg Chappell has been the just opposite. Whatever he speaks or writes has become a subject of controversy. Especially in India, when he was appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team, he did not complete his full tenure smoothly. It was rather unfortunate by smacking controversies and passing comments that were unpalatable to Indian players, especially the then Indian captain Saurav Ganguly, the Indian Cricket Board stripped of his coaching assignment halfway down his tenure and Greg had to return to Australia as a disappointed man.

Most recently, when Ricky Ponting called it a day for ODIs, Greg Chappell had every right and reason to hail Ponting and his contribution to Australian cricket. But he did not confine himself to Australian cricket. Going a step further he commented that Ponting’s retirement would evoke reaction from some Indian senior cricketers, thereby insinuating players like Sachin Tendulkar would follow suit. It was a comment uttered in a bad taste and perhaps emanated from jealousy.

In his latest book released in India titled ‘Rahul Dravid, Timeless Steel’, Greg Chappell has again ignited a new a controversy; this time he had used the age old divide and rule tactics, supporting one against the other. Greg Chappell’s controversy dwells about Rahul Dravid’s stint as a captain of the Indian cricket team. He praises Rahul Dravid for his seven consecutive ODI wins against powerful teams like Pakistan and England and a record 17 ODI wins in a row batting second. He credits Rahul Dravid’s strategy for his remarkable wins. He also praises Rahul Dravid as the worlds second highest run scorer besides dwelling in detail about his monumental achievement of scoring a series win in test cricket in 2006 against the West Indies in their own den, It was Ajit Wadekar’s Indian team that won a test series in the West Indies in the year 1970-1971.It was Rahul Dravid’s Indian team that tasted a test series victory in the West Indies after 35 years.

Despite the series of test and ODI wins, Rahul Dravid was not allowed to become the most successful captain of the Indian team, since some other Indian players did not welcome it and take in good spirit. Had Rahul Dravid got the full fledged support from other Indian players, the current Indian cricket scenario would have been entirely different and the Indian cricket team would have been enjoying the number one status in the world.

Thus Greg Chappell is time and again becoming a controversial cricketer, especially while writing his books and cricket columns.



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author avatar M G Singh
7th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice post Rama, but what Greg says is not all balls. Some things strike a chord. Give the devil his due.

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author avatar A K Rao
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for the interesting article! This is a common topic of discussion in India amongst cricket lover! Thanks !

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