Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Greg Chappell
Virender Sehwag (left) and Sourav Ganguly (Image courtesy: AFP)

Virender Sehwag claims that he was the first to know about then coach Greg Chappell’s infamous email against Sourav Ganguly during the 2005 Zimbabwe tour. The former India opener revealed the same on Friday.

I used to take rest while fielding. I need a break of minimum five overs. I always told the umpire that I had a bad stomach and used to leave the field.

So Greg was writing his email and I was sitting next to him. I saw he was writing something to the BCCI and I went and told Dada about it. I told him he is writing something to the BCCI and it s something serious, Sehwag said during the launch of Boria Majumdar’s book Eleven Gods and A Billion Indians at the Fannatic Sports Museum in Kolkata.

Chappell was appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team in May 2005 after the then captain Ganguly s insistence. Chappell s tenure was riddled with controversies, starting with the dropping of Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly reveals more on how Greg Chappell tried
Sourav Ganguly reveals more on how Greg Chappell tried "to end" his career

Other famous Indian cricketers too have spoken of Chappell’s tenure as coach. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan also had problems with the Australian.

Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography Playing It My Way included an uncharitable passage about Chappell and Harbhajan Singh once said that he destroyed Indian cricket to such an extent that it required at least three years to again get back on track .

Zaheer Khan was quoted as saying that Chappell had agendas and was getting personal .

Chappell s tenure eventually ended in 2007 after India crashed out of the World Cup in the first round.

(Inputs from IANS)