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Friday, June 10, 2005

More Chappell

Suresh Menon on what the Aussie coach's appointment holds in store for the side. Boils down, he says, to one of two options:
There are two possibilities here – either the Indian team plays the Chappell way or Chappell plays the Indian way. If it is the former, then all the money and hype focused on Chappell would have been worthwhile. If it is the latter, however, Chappell will turn out to be another John Wright following the path of least resistance, and we would have slipped further back as a cricketing nation.

Interesting, that last line -- because at least for the last six months of his tenure, I get the feeling that is what happened with Wright. He figured he wasn't getting the team, and the Board, to see things his way; decided he was going to quit; so threw up his hands and went ah, the heck with it...
Not suggesting he shirked during that period; merely, that he prolly followed the path of least resistance, as Suresh calls it, by doing what he could do, as opposed to what he should.

9 Comments:

  • Hi Prem!

    Second thing can happen only then when Chappel's love for money get over his love for quality cricket!!!

    By Anonymous Abhay, at 04:10  

  • from Cricinfo - here we go again with Ganguly bashing :P why not just stop with Greg's comments?


    "Chappell suggested that a coach could only produce results commensurate with the effort put in by his wards, and he made it clear that he didn't foresee any problem working with Sourav Ganguly, whose star has waned in recent times amid whispers about a less-than-perfect work ethic. "

    By Blogger chatura, at 04:33  

  • Ahem! And we thought we had the monopoly. You notice, of course, that I am carefully refraining from commenting about the work ethic, perfect or otherwise? *g*

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:40  

  • True about last six month thing. I think Wright had kinda of give up.

    Understanble, though. That's what happens to most us during the notice period of resignation. One just goes through motions.

    By Blogger Manish, at 05:15  

  • don't they (and you) have a goldmine already? he can't bat, he can't run, he can't field, he chews his nails, blah, blah. now his work ethic? and in an article where Greg is commending him - bah!

    By Blogger chatura, at 05:21  

  • oops, let me not divert yet another article towards ganguly.

    *signing out until provoked again*

    By Blogger chatura, at 05:23  

  • Hey, C... got an email ID you can give me? Something to say, outside of this forum. You can mail me at prem@us.rediff.com -- or not, of course, if you would rather not.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 05:28  

  • just sent you a mail..assuming C is me.

    By Blogger chatura, at 06:19  

  • Prem

    Read in a recent article as Gavaskar said that some senior players didnt respect John Wright at all in his final days and they abused him. Is that true?

    By Blogger Ananth, at 06:21  

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