New Delhi: It seems the much anticipated Sachin Tendulkar autobiography, 'Playing It My Way' has already brought a bolt or two into the Indian cricket. In the build up to the high profile book launch, his contemporaries have started opening their accounts on what is right or wrong. And if the trend continues, Indian cricket will see some stalwarts of the game taking on each other.
In an interesting turn of events, Rahul Dravid has denied Sourav Ganguly’s take that he had told him he could not control Greg Chappell despite knowing that the Australian was trying to get rid of some players during his reign as India coach between 2005-07.
Dravid, in an interview to a leading news channel, said that, "If Ganguly is saying I could not control Greg Chappell, he is entitled to an opinion. He has played many years for India. But he can't put words in my mouth as I have never had any such conversation with him."
Known as The Wall in the cricketing world, Dravid also added that he had good relationship with all the coaches.
Earlier, Ganguly joined former team-mates, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan in supporting Tendulkar's claim that under Chappell, Indian cricket suffered. In this yet to be released book, the batting maestro blamed the Australian coach for trying to create a rift in the Indian dressing room.
Besides, Tendulkar also claimed that Chappell’s plans to replace Dravid as captain months prior to the 2007 50-over World Cup.
Ganguly reportedly said that, "I really don't want to go back to that period, you have seen it in the results. (It was) one of the worst phases of Indian cricket and worst phase a cricketer can go through, especially someone like me. There were lies after lies and six months later he wanted Rahul removed and Sachin as captain. This goes on to show how the man went about his job."
He added: "I was not surprised to see India not qualifying for the next round (in 2007 World Cup). When I came back to the team, I had spoken to Dravid about that much later and told him that these were the things going on. He said he knew it all but 'couldn't control Greg'."
With agency inputs