Mumbai: Aussie batting great Greg Chappell, in his book Fierce Focus, has made allegations left, right and centre about the Indian cricket team that he coached during 2005-2007. According to Chappell, the then India captain Sourav Ganguly was the biggest "panicker" in the team and he wanted Chappell to support him in his bid to remain the captain. He has made several other allegations, which were countered by former national selector Ranjib Biswal, who worked closely with the Aussie during his two-year stint.
Biswal called Greg stupid as far as those revelations are concerned. "He is being stupid. He never understood the Indian culture and tried to do things his own way which didn't go down well with the system," Biswal said on Tuesday.
On the allegation that the team was divided because the juniors didn't have enough courage to speak when the seniors were around, Biswal cited the Indian upbringing. "We are taught to respect seniors. And suddenly if a foreigner comes and says exactly the opposite, it creates confusion and team spirit is affected. That's what happened during Greg's tenure," Biswal added.