Veteran Team India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that Greg Chappell had a divide and rule policy during his coaching time with the team.
Former India coach Greg Chappell with Harbhajan Singh (Courtesy- Twitter)
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India spinner Harbhajan Singh has revealed that 2007 World Cup was the lowest point of his career and it was the time when he gave a thought of leaving the sport all together.
Harbhajan Singh in a candid conversation with former opener Aakash Chopra called former India coach Greg Chappell a culprit who had a divide a rule policy within the team set up.
The veteran spinner said that Greg Chappell was a person who could destroy a “readymade” team and also doubted over his motive as the Indian team coach. Notably, it was during Greg Chappell’s reign that legendary Sourav Ganguly lost his cpataincy and then his place in the squad.
“A lot had happened before that. When Greg Chappell came as the coach of our side, he disrupted the entire team, no one knows what was his motive when he came to coach us, no one knows how to disrupt a solid team better than him, he used to do whatever he wanted. The press wrote what he wanted, people did what he wanted,” Harbhajan Singh said.
Harbhajan Singh, who was part of India’s World Cup winning teams in 2007 and 2011, blamed the team’s dismal performance in 2007 World Cup on Greg Chappell. Harbhajan opined that trust within the team was lacking and that is why the team failed despite having all the big names in the team.
“2007 50-over World Cup has to be the lowest point of my career, I thought we are going through such a difficult time and I also thought that maybe it is not right time to play for India, wrong people were at the helm of Indian cricket. Who is Greg Chappell and what is he trying to do. Greg Chappell had a divide and rule policy, he used to do such things.
“We had a solid team for the 2007 50-over World Cup, we were just not able to perform as no one was in the right frame of mind, no one trusted each other, when the team is not happy then the results do not go your way. We lost to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, they were not that big teams, it was not like we lost to Australia or South Africa. We were a very strong team,” Harbhajan Singh said.
Harbhajan Singh added that things started getting back to normal once Chappell left. He said Indian coaches Lalchand Rajput, Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh worked really hard with the team and that eventually led to Team India’s victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup.