India's premier speedster Zaheer Khan on Tuesday revealed that Greg Chappell had told him back in 2005 that the fast bowler "would never play for India" till the time he would remain at the helm and termed the period under the Australian as the "darkest phase of Indian cricket".
"After he was appointed the coach of the Indian team, he once came up to me and said - "Zaheer, you will not be playing for India till I remain the coach," Zaheer told PTI on Tuesday, completely backing Sachin Tendulkar's revelations about the Australian's tenure in his upcoming autobiography 'Playing It My Way'. (Tendulkar Calls Chappell 'Ringmaster')
So how did he react when the coach came up and told him this, Zaheer laughed and said, "I was so taken aback that I couldn't react for some time. I was totally zapped. Like what do I do now? Do I revolt? Do I speak to the captain about what's happening? Do I take his comments at face value? Why is he taking it on me," the 36-year-old said. (Chappell Created Doubts in our Minds: Harbhajan)