Former team India coach Greg Chappell’s tenure was fraught with controversy. He was accused of intentionally ejecting the players. Chappell said during an online chat that he forbade Mahendra Singh Dhoni to hit an aerial shot in a match against Sri Lanka so that he could finish the match without taking a risk.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh trolled him on the former coach’s statement. Harbhajan believes that Chappell wanted Dhoni out of the team.
Harbhajan tweeted, “He advised Dhoni to keep the shot down because the coaches were taking everyone out of the ground.”
They were playing a different kind of game. “Harbhajan also added #worstdaysofindiancricketundergreg while tweeting this. This means the worst day of Indian cricket under Greg. On the other hand, Yuvraj too jokingly wrote,” MSD (Dhoni) and Yuvi play no sixes in the last 10 overs, just ground shots.”
Chappell said – I remember when I saw him bat for the first time I was shocked. At that time he was the brightest cricketer in India. He used to hit the ball in quite different positions. Of all the batsmen I have seen, he is the most powerful. He scored 183 runs against Sri Lanka. In that match, when we were supposed to score 20 runs, Dhoni asked 12th player Rudra Pratap Singh to hit a six. I said not until the goal is reached in single digits. He later finished the match by hitting a six.
Chappell’s coaching team lost the first round in the India World Cup 2007. They had to face defeat against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Only won against Bermuda. Several players subsequently made statements against Chappell and were later discharged. John Wright of Chappell was named the coach of the team. It is believed that Sourav Ganguly was instrumental in making him the coach, but Chappell later removed Ganguly from the captaincy.