Wednesday, November 15, 2006

'Nothing's a disaster' - Chappell

"Nothing's a disaster, everything's an opportunity, I keep reading about the Champions Trophy being a disaster. Disappointing, yes, but not a disaster.

"Yuvraj's injury is a disaster for him in that it has come to him at the perfectly wrong time. But who is to say it doesn't become the best thing that has happened to him and make him re-evaluate his love of cricket, his desire to be a good player in both forms of the game and it motivates him like he's never been motivated before? It gives people a chance to take on more responsibility."

"There's not a sport in the world where you don't see a squad adjusting its line-up according to the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and/or the conditions,"

"We can't expect people who are removed a step or more from the team to understand what we're trying to do. Rahul is an extremely talented and experienced cricketer who has one of the toughest jobs in cricket - captaining India. As for the comment that Rahul's a puppet and I'm running the show, only people who don't know either of us will say that. It's an insult to Rahul Dravid to suggest he is anything other than his own man."

"Thankfully our philosophies are quite close and most of the time we agree on things. But when we disagree, when it comes to the point of deciding on a position in the team for example, it will always be his decision that is the final decision because he is the captain."

"Equally players have to realise that they come under pressure to perform and it's not only the media and the general public, but the sponsors, partners, the board, all the people who need the Indian people to do well."

"I live and work with them and at times get frustrated with them. But I can tell you there isn't one of them who isn't giving 100%."

"It will be a lot easier to achieve what we want to in a supporting environment. We need the support of a billion people and we need the support of key people to keep the bulk of this group together. It's been identified as the best group - 20-22 players - that we have and the 15 will come from this."

"The danger for us is that we get diverted by trying to keep everyone happy. It's not a popularity poll. It's about doing the things you believe in. Once you know where you want to go, you need to hold your nerve, and this is one of those times."


desh said...

DADA ko wapas lao as coac
(heavily personal opinion)

enginerd said...

I concur with Desh. Bring back dada as captain.

Nitesh said...

ghosts of kicks don't understand the talks;
saying that all are giving 100% is just bullshit,

so much love for cricket, huge talent (as said by all except vengsarkar, i may also start agreeing to him after seeing srilanka A in duleep trophy final) but performance not good very bad
Coaching patterns are different in Australia and India , in Chappell rule anyone can be kicked this has lead to feeling of unsecurity and this may also to some extend hampers the performance , during the wright era there was no such thing.

see it is rightly said that indians will criticize the team rebuke the players but they will again watch the next match hope sustains life(cricket here , love of the indians) and the team is just one match away from becoming the blue eyed team of the billion lovers

Nitesh said...

i totally agree to you about the philosophy of reevaluating the love for cricket in case of yuvraj
but some one should also give some brain to sehwag

desh said...


desh said...

Dada can be good replacement as coach, but with a different fitness coach ofcourse...