One of Australian Test great and India’s former coach, Greg Chappell has denied over the claims that he wanted Rahul Dravid removed as captain in the months leading up to the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Chappell was responding over the extracts released from Sachin Tendulkar‘s autobiography, entitled Playing It My Way, which will be released this week.

In the extracts published in PTI on Monday, Tendulkar said Chappell visited his home months before the 2007 World Cup and suggested him to replace Dravid as captain.

The claims made in Sachin’s new book were brought to my attention earlier today,” Chappell quoted saying the claims were untrue to cricket.com.au.

Whilst I don’t propose to get into a war of words, I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain. I was therefore very surprised to read the claims made in the book.” Chappell told.

During those years, I only ever visited Sachin’s home once, and that was with our physio and assistant coach during Sachin’s rehabilitation from injury, at least 12 months earlier than what was reported in the book. We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon together but the subject of captaincy was never raised.” Chappell added.