New Delhi, Nov 5: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s tell-all autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’ will be released on Wednesday. The book has already gathered a lot of attention and created enough stir in the cricketing world even before its launch.
In his autobiography, Sachin has accused former India coach Greg Chappell of being a “ringmaster” who imposed his ideas on players, and also disclosed that Chappell had made a “shocking” suggestion to him to take over India’s captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup.
Tendulkar’s disclosre on Chappell’s role has got the backing from his contemporaries including Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.
The master batsman in his autobiography writes Greg Chappell told him: “Together, we could control Indian cricket for years”, during a visit to his home. He also offered to “help me in taking over the reins of the side” from Dravid.
Elaborating on the coach’s bid to replace Dravid, Tendulkar writes, “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 year’, 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 writes.
He says that he had rejected Chappell’s proposition outright. “He stayed for a couple of hours, trying to convince me before finally leaving”.
However, the former India coach rebutted Sachin Tendulkar’s claims that he wanted to replace Rahul Dravid with Tendulkar as Indian captain.
Chappell, who was reportedly stunned by the claims, through a statement said: “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,” he added.
(With Agency Inputs)