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Chappell took over from former India coach John Wright (2000–2005), with Wright deciding not to renew his contract after the 2004–05 season. While Wright was seen as a successful and popular coach, Chappell’s tenure was highly publicized. That chapel and the then captain Sourav Ganguly saw no secret after some time.
In fact Ganguly was removed as captain and was later dropped from both the ODI and Test teams, leading to mass protests in his home state of West Bengal. Ganguly has been very open about his ties with Chappell and when he was dropped from the team, he took it as a challenge to prove that he still had a lot of cricket left in him. He was eventually recalled to the team in late 2006.
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who played for the Indian team during the tenures of both John Wright and Greg Chappell, and spoke to TimesofIndia.com under the captaincy of Ganguly about the main differences between the two coaches.
Talking about Chappell, who scored more than 9000 international runs and is considered as the best batsman Australia, Kaif said, “Chappell could have been a good batting coach. But he spoiled his name because He could not run the team properly. He did not understand Indian culture and lacked good man-management skills and therefore did not prove to be a good coach. ”
Kaif also talked about why Chappell’s predecessor, New Zealand’s John Wright is remembered as a good coach, “People respected John Wright because he coordinated well with the players and gave Ganguly as captain To lead the team. ”
(File photo of Indian team in fumble with John Wright: Getty Images)
Although cricket is made up of three main parts – batting, bowling and fielding, the third often takes a place in the first two.
Considered one of the best fielders in world cricket so far, Kaif emphasized the importance of fitness and a certain kind of passion to be a good fielder.
“To become a good fielder one has practiced for a long time. Fielding practice should not be about quality but about quantity, only then can a person become a good fielder. One must be obsessive about becoming a good fielder. Because there is not a match. ‘T has 30 minutes, so you have to be fit to stay on the ground. A catch can come anytime. If you are tired, you may have to dive, you can get the ball. May have to slide to catch. Comes through practice of quantity, not quality. You must also have a good technique and good hand coordination. But if you make up your mind that you have to be in the field for a long time If you have to spend, you can be a good fielder. Kaif told TimesofIndia.com, “No one can become a good fielder by observing time and one hour of practice. Set aside time and insist on effort and commitment, only then can you be a good fielder. ”
Kaif praised Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding abilities and said that overall the fielding of the Indian side has improved significantly.
“Jadeja is improving with age and setting a good example. Just like a complete batsman is one who can play a bouncer well, is able to drive, cut and pull well Can play and spin comfortably and is patient to stay. ” At the crease. All these things combine to make a good batsman. It is similar in fielding. You must know how to slide, you must be able to run fast, you must be patient, you must have a good target, stopping the ball with a dive. All these things have a good fielder. So I think there are a lot of similarities between batting and fielding and a good fielder who is also a good batsman should be called an all-rounder. And a player. To be a good fielder should be rewarded so that a player is encouraged to be a good fielder, ”said Kaif.
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