India's World Cup 2007 Debacle Not Greg Chappell's Fault, Says Sunil Gavaskar

In his tell-all autobiography, Sachin Tendulkar has hit out at former India coach Greg Chappell, calling him a 'ringmaster' and one who tried to oust Rahul Dravid before the World Cup 2007.

Updated: November 03, 2014 21:01 IST
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Happier days? Sachin Tendulkar and Greg Chappell together in practice.


At a time when Greg Chappell is being slammed by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar refused to blame the ex-India coach for the World Cup 2007 debacle. Runners-up in the 2003 edition, India had suffered a shocking first-round exit in the next World Cup - in West Indies.

"I don't think you can blame the coach entirely for what happens on the field. I don't think that's fair. It is the players' batting and bowling that has to do the job," Gavaskar to NDTV.

Tendulkar has hit out at Chappell in his autobiography, calling him a 'ringmaster' who tried to impose his ideas on the players. Writing in 'Playing It My Way', Tendulkar has made a startling revelation that Chappell wanted to oust Rahul Dravid as India captain just months before the World Cup. Tendulkar wrote that Chappell suggested the two of them could control Indian cricket for years.

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