When it was announced that Sachin Tendulkar would release his autobiography, ‘Sachin Tendulkar –Playing it My Way’, it was expected that the Little Master would refrain from controversies. After all the years of steering away from the ills and maintaining his silence, it would’ve been foolhardy of him to open up and destroy the clean image.
However, on Monday, an excerpt of the upcoming autobiography was released wherein he slams the former Indian coach Greg Chappell and questions his integrity. He narrated an incident where the Australian asked him to take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid, “Just months before the World Cup, Chappell had come to see me at home and, to my dismay, suggested that I should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid.”
Chappell told Tendulkar,“Help me in taking over the reins of the side (from Rahul Dravid).Together, we could control Indian cricket for years…I was surprised to hear the coach not showing the slightest amount of respect for the captain, with cricket’s biggest tournament just months away”
For the first time in all these years, there is a substantial criticism towards Greg Chappell and his role as the former coach of team India. For long it was believed that criticism against the Australian was more because Chappell tried to overpower the ego of the star players; the battle for long seemed personal. Often it was debated as to whether the differences of Chappell with the bigger players like Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar was because he looked to impose things his way rather than massage the ego of the big players.
If Sachin’s claims weren’t enough, Sourav Ganguly too joined the bandwagon later in the day and lashed out at Greg Chappell in an interview with a leading national news channel. Ganguly said, “I am happy to see the way Tendulkar has written the book. Today he has done a lot of help to Indian cricket and hopefully it is an eye-opener to all. Happy that Sachin has written about true facts of that period,” he said.