Greg Chappell, former Indian coach lavished praise on the Indian cricket team after their historic Test series triumph against Australia.
While Greg Chappell had a controversial run as the head coach of Team India, the former Australian captain is all praise for the visitors after their stunning and historic 2-1 Test series win versus Australia to retain the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Greg Chappell: Australian Cricket Administration Should Change Its Attitude Or Look Where To Invest In Talent
Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback for the ages as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.
Following India’s success Down Under, Greg Chappell lavished praise on Indian cricket, its overall functioning and how it is reaping rewards due to BCCI’s investment in youngsters.
He wrote in a column for Sydney Morning Herald, “The BCCI is investing millions of dollars in budding Indian cricketers. If Cricket Australia doesn’t realize what it takes to be competitive in Test cricket and our entire cricket administration does not change its attitude on where to invest in talent, we will be also-rans in no time,” the former Australian cricketer added.
He further opinioned that India’s dominance doesn’t surprise him any further and he believes more success is in store for Virat Kohli-led India in the future years.
He stated, “For those of you who were surprised that India could deal with all that was thrown at them in this series, and could hold their nerve and win in such courageous fashion, I say: you better get used to it. Don’t worry about India becoming the best team – they are already capable of producing the best five teams in world cricket!”
Greg Chappell had recently written an open letter for under-fire Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine. Greg Chappell feels that Australian cricket needs to draw inspiration from India and work on regaining its lost success. The former cricketer praised India’s system of nurturing talent.
Greg Chappell Don’t Blame Tim Paine And Australian Bowlers For Defeat Instead Blames Batsmen For Not Making Enough Runs
Despite Tim Paine losing his second home Test series as captain versus India, the former cricketer still doesn’t want to blame the wicketkeeper-batsman for the team’s downfall.
“I don’t blame Tim Paine and our bowlers for this defeat. The culpability lies fairly and squarely with the batsmen, who simply didn’t make enough runs on friendly wickets. For those calling out for heads to roll, especially those seeking Tim Paine’s head on a pike,Tim is one of only five players who can claim an automatic place in this Australian team. Sure, he didn’t have his best Test series behind the stumps, but he still averaged 40 with the bat,” Greg Chappell concluded.
While Australia will now shift focus to their away Test series versus South Africa, Indian players have returned home after a lengthy tour of Australia. Australia will host their first-ever Test series on home soil in the post-COVID-19 era as England’s tour of India commences from February 05.