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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Chappell on talent versus discipline

Former Rediff staffer Ashish Magotra caught up with the Indian coach in Chennai. Excerpts:
I have always believed that one-day cricket is a young man’s game. In Test cricket, we can afford to make a few misfields which we just can’t allow in one-dayers. Catching is more important in Test cricket. We need to do a lot of work to become the best Test-playing nation — we need to take all our catches. The requirements from both forms of the game are very different. Determination, concentration and the ability to play a big knock. They really make a difference in Test cricket. Which is where guys like VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly come into the picture. And as long as they keep performing, there is no reason why they won’t contnue to figure.

On discipline versus talent:
A disciplined player or a talent player? In an ideal world, you’d like a combination of both. But if you could have just one, which one would it be?
A disciplined player for sure and that’s how it should be. There are some things that are non-negotiable and bad behaviour is one of them. There is no place for compromise on that issue. You will be given a certain amount of leeway and then you are out. If you are not in the team and working with it, then you are for sure working against it.

And what a player on the outside (interestingly, no names, but a generic question) has to do to get back in:
Improve his behaviour and attitude towards the game and his teammates, for one. And of course, prove that he is good enough to replace those who have taken his place. The number of chances he gets to do that will depend upon the amount of talent he has.

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