Greg Chappell's experience offsets the inexperience of the Australian's

On paper the Australians are an inexperienced lot with most of the players new to Indian conditions. However, their inexperience is now offset by the inclusion of Greg Chappell as the Assistant coach.

Greg Chappell not only has vast experience as an cricketer, but having been the coach as recently as 2007, he has in-depth knowledge about the Indian cricketers and the conditions in India. His current stint with the Jaipur academy will have only enhanced his understanding about the psyche of the Indian cricketers.

This is a worrying development for India. Surely, his knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses gives the Australian's an unfair advantage and may well skew the balance in Australia's favor.

The BCCI should also think on how to stop these instances happening again. A coach role is so invasive that he will not only know a players game but also can delve deep into his psyche. In Chappell's case as he is now an full time employee of CA, there is nothing ethically wrong, but lets say for example John Wright taking up a short term role and helping New Zealand when they either tour India or vice versa. What is to stop Gary Kirsten doing the same for his country?




Blogger Straight Point said...

how different it is say chappal or wright comes to coach india...?

dont you think their native countries can also argue same way?

23/09/2008, 16:30  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I am not against long term assignments.

I am talking about short term ones like for one series.

23/09/2008, 17:47  
Anonymous Homer said...


In fact I welcome the fact that Greg Chappell is attached to the Australian team for this series. If the Idnians are not motivated enough to play Australia, the presence of Greg Chappell in enemy colors will surely galvanize them.

And its good to know that Greg Chappell has not stopped deluding himself.. If he was so aware of India and the Indian players and its conditions, it certainly did not show during his tenure as India coach.

Fact of the matter is that players know each other's games inside out because of the constant exposure they have, playing each other. And with the Australian team coming to India just about every year , and with the A tours in place, conditions are also no longer a mystery.

I believe that Greg Chappell has been drafted into the squad specifically to fill the void left behind by John Buchanan - there has to be someone who can speak mumbo jumbo and keep the team entertained ( Sun Tzu there, Edward De Bono here ).


23/09/2008, 18:10  
Blogger Soulberry said...

Ott, I see Chappell as an incentive to perform well. I doubt if the series was ever goig to be a cakewalk...we have heard that it is an inexperienced side...but that's only as far as test matches are concerned. Quite a few are familiar with the ambience of this country now.

For India to play well and beat this team will be a vindication of what as many have felt about Chappell as those who have admired his vision and idealogical capabilities.

23/09/2008, 18:36  
Blogger Sumit said...

greg chappell is our ace up the sleeve. he's an outstanding example of a great player being a lousy coach.

23/09/2008, 18:46  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Homer/ Soulberry,

I see that I am a minority.:)

23/09/2008, 18:47  
Blogger Ottayan said...


You too have joined the chorus.:)

23/09/2008, 18:47  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

sure missed someone talking about the "group".

23/09/2008, 19:41  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Uh! Uh!

23/09/2008, 19:49  
Blogger Ravindran said...

All those fears u expressed will come true. Look out for the coach who was approached.

23/09/2008, 20:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you Ott, on this one, that the balance might indeed tilt in favor of the Aussies. But on the other hand, if Chappell were so great, wouldn't the story have been different for India? It is almost impossible to put to gag on this sort of information. So yes, this is a great opportunity for India to snub Chappell. Where's that man Ganguly? Gotta have him play this series. It's like picking Sehwag for the tour of Australia; this game needs Ganguly.

23/09/2008, 23:01  
Blogger Ottayan said...


We are in for a nasty surprise.

24/09/2008, 05:37  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Yeah Ganguly would love to play against this guy.:0

24/09/2008, 05:38  
Blogger Ravindran said...

Like his predecessor he will bask under the glory of the Aus team.The only difrence is u will not be able to make out what he is saying unless u r a good lip reader.

24/09/2008, 07:11  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Mumbling mumbo-jumbo?

24/09/2008, 08:20  

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