By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Jul 6, 2012
Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar has slammed former coach Greg Chappell over his article in the just-released book ‘Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel’ stating that the former Indian captain didn’t enjoy support of some of his teammates.
Chappell wrote, “Sadly the success of the team was not universally enjoyed within the team. Some individuals felt threatened by the new world order and appeared to work against Rahul.”
Vengsarkar, who was chairman of selectors during Chappell’s tenure as the national coach said, “Chappell’s views are in bad taste. What he is saying is absolutely incorrect.”
The former Australian captain felt Dravid could have easily gone on to become India’s most successful captain had he been given the whole-hearted support by others.
However, Vengsarkar who agreed that Dravid was a good captain accused Chappell of publicity stunts for selling book.
He was quoted by Mid Day as saying, “It’s true that Dravid was a very good captain and that shows in the results Team India achieved during his reign, but I couldn’t foresee what was in store for him.
“I have observed several times that some controversial facts are highlighted just to boost the sale of the book.”
Ranjib Biswal who was Vengsarkar’s then fellow selector too echoed the sentiment. He said,“Rahul is a great batsman and a very accomplished captain. It was Greg who wasn’t liked by other members of the team. There was discontent among the players, but Rahul was well respected.”