Friday, April 06, 2007

Recations to Chappell's resignation

New Delhi
A day after resigning as India's coach, Greg Chappell garnered praise in some cricket circles on Thursday and admonishment from others. Chappell, a former Australian Test great, quit on Wednesday, citing personal reasons in the resignation letter he sent to Sharad Pawar, President of India's cricket board.
His resignation followed comments on Wednesday from India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar who said he had been hurt by Chappell's recent criticism of senior Indian players after the World Cup, where India wasunexpectedly ousted in the first-round.
The Indian team lost to Bangladesh inits opening match and was then knocked out of the tournament by Sri Lanka. Chappell, 58, has received withering criticism from members of India's cricketestablishment and the sports media in recent days for blaming the team's WorldCup ouster on poor attitudes by veteran players. Former chief selector KiranMore said Chappell was a straightforward man, and people in India didn't likethat.
"He would say it on the face and we don't want to hear that,'' More told the Press Trust of India news agency Thursday.
More blamed the media for the controversy. "There is a lot of pressure on players and coaches now becauseof the media,'' he said. Former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Chappell failed to perform as coach and resigning was his only option.
"From what we can gather, it looks like he was trying to dictate,'' said Srikkanth.``He will not be remembered by Indian cricket because he hasn't contributedanything.'' Chappell was named coach of the Indian side in 2005. His contractwas set to expire later this month.
"I think his greatest contribution wasshowing Indian cricket the mirror,'' former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told theCricinfo Talk Web site. ``We get very emotional about our cricket, ourplayers. We sometimes overrate our cricketers because we are so obsessed with them -- we don't look around too much ... Greg Chappell has shown us, in blackand white, what is wrong and what is right with our cricket,'' Manjrekar said. Chappell's straight-talking persona likely led to his downfall, said Manjrekar.
"That is the Australian way of doing business. They don't beat around thebush.'' Chandu Borde, a former Indian test player, said Chappell might havebeen physically and mentally tired and that's the reason he did not want tocontinue.
"He was a great player and a knowledgeable person and I am suresome people would have benefited from his knowledge,'' PTI quoted Borde as saying.
India's cricket players are adored by millions and are among theworld's highest-paid cricketers. However, the players also face serious flakwhen they fail to live up to fans' expectations.

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