Updated June 1st, 2024 at 11:44 IST

'I would want that balance': Ex-IND star advises Dravid to learn from Chappell's mistakes with INDIA

Former Indian star advises Rahul Dravid to aim for balance and draw lessons from Chappell's errors during his tenure with the Indian team.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Greg Chappell with Rahul Dravid during his stint as India coach | Image:AP
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Irfan Pathan made a huge statement about Rahul Dravid in the ICC T20 World Cup

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan told how head coach Rahul Dravid should handle personnel issues differently after former coach Greg Chappell's harsh approach flopped. The BCCI is already looking for a new head coach, hence Dravid's last task as head coach will be the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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Chappell attracted criticism for a number of reasons during his contentious time as head coach of Team India, including his management of other senior players and his disagreements with Sourav Ganguly. The humiliating first round defeat of India from the 2007 ODI World Cup led to the resignation of the former Australian captain.

Irfan Pathan admitted that although Chappell had good intentions, the 'celebrity culture' in India made his tactics ineffectual. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Irfan Pathan said: 

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"Australia do not have a celebrity culture, but we have that. Ideally, I would want that balance between the two cultures. But we are Indians, out mindset and ethics are different. I said this before as well, when Greg Chappell came in, his intentions were pure," 

"He wanted Indian cricket to go on a high and hence wanted every player to be treated equally and work in the same way. But his way was proper Australian, which did not work in India. I have huge respect for him. I told to him as well that while you want Indian cricket to grow, this aggression won't work,” 

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There appears to be animosity between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, despite appearances. In 2024, Pandya rejoined the Mumbai Indians (MI), therefore ending Rohit's time as captain.

The five-time winners had a dismal season, placing last in the standings, and a big part of their bad play was the tense environment in the locker room.

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Apart from his unsatisfactory time as captain, Hardik Pandya had a difficult season on the pitch. The all-rounder's inability to make an impact with the bat and ball sparked discussions regarding his selection for the T20 World Cup—a choice that would have been obvious in the past.

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Rahul Dravid should not be referring to Pandya's IPL performance while getting ready for the 2024 T20 World Cup, according to Irfan Pathan. He added: 

"I will just say that this is my expectation from you: I want you to win matches for India. This is the roadmap, and you are an important part of the team and a match-winner. Being an all-rounder, I will say he will play a crucial role. How many fast bowlers have we taken? Just three specialist bowlers, besides Hardik and Shivam Dube," 

"So when the time comes, these 3-4 overs will become very crucial. Remember, he will allow us to play an extra spinner in West Indies when we play day games. So this is where he comes into the picture, he needs to feel good and believe that he can make a contribution and hence the conversation of the IPL should not be even happening even once,” 

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Published June 1st, 2024 at 11:44 IST