Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday termed former coach Greg Chappell’s period because the worst days in Indian cricket.
Responding to an article on embellished former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni the place Chappell is quoted as saying that he used to advise the Ranchi stumper batsman to play alongside the bottom extra as a substitute of making an attempt to hit each ball to the boundary, Harbhajan tweeted: “He requested Dhoni to play alongside the bottom coz coach was hitting everybody out the park.. He was taking part in completely different video games.” He adopted his tweet with a hashtag #worstdaysofindiancricketundergreg.
Earlier, Chappell mentioned that M.S. Dhoni is essentially the most highly effective batsman he has ever seen.
Chappell was coach of the Indian crew for 2 controversy-riddled years between 2005 and 2007 by which he clashed with a number of senior members of the crew, particularly then-captain and present Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly.
His time, nevertheless, was additionally identified for the rise of a number of youthful gamers within the squad together with Dhoni and Suresh Raina.
“I vividly do not forget that I used to be left awestruck after I noticed him batting for the primary time. He was positively essentially the most thrilling cricketer in India at the moment. He used to hit the ball from essentially the most uncommon positions. He’s essentially the most highly effective batsman I’ve ever seen,” mentioned Chappell throughout a chat session on the Fb deal with of the Playwrite Basis.
“I bear in mind his knock of 183 in opposition to Sri Lanka and the way he tore them aside. It was energy hitting at its best possible. The subsequent match was in Pune. I requested MS, ‘why do not you play alongside the bottom extra as a substitute of making an attempt to hit each ball to the boundary’. We have been chasing 260-odd and have been in an excellent place and Dhoni was taking part in a contrasting innings to the one he had performed simply a few days earlier than.
“We nonetheless wanted 20 runs to win and Dhoni requested me, by way of 12th man R.P. Singh if he might hit sixes. I informed him not till the goal was in single digit. Once we wanted six runs to win, he completed the sport with a six,” he mentioned.