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File image of Suresh Raina.(AP)
File image of Suresh Raina.(AP)
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Suresh Raina Recalls Occasional Unrest Among Indian Players

Suresh Raina did not name the individuals in his autobiography Believe but explained that he would occasionally receive a cold shoulder from some players upon his arrival on the Indian team.

Former India batsman Suresh Raina has revealed that he did not have the smoothest of relations with some of the senior players of the Indian team initially in his career. Suresh Raina made his India debut in 2005 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid and when Greg Chappell was the coach.

Suresh Raina has 5615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1605 from 78 T20Is for India. (Source: File)
Suresh Raina has 5615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1605 from 78 T20Is for India. (Source: File)

Suresh Raina Admits Having Tense Moments With Cricketers In India’s Dressing Room

Suresh Raina did not name the individuals but explained that he would occasionally receive a cold shoulder from some players upon his arrival on the Indian team.

(File) Sourav Ganguly (left) with Greg Chappell
(File) Sourav Ganguly (left) with Greg Chappell

“Believe me, I know what ragging is. We didn’t have that. What we did have were some tense moments with some players. There were instances when we would greet some of the senior players in the morning, and they wouldn’t greet us back. But I never took these to heart.”

The Greg Chappell era remains an infamous one in the history of Indian cricket. It was a time when Indian cricket was in a bit of turmoil with the whole Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell fallout, which was followed by India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup after which Greg Chappell was duly shown the door.

Suresh Raina: A Significant Change Was Rahul Dravid Replacing Sourav Ganguly As The Skipper Which Led To Discomfort And Unrest

With Sourav Ganguly out of the team, Rahul Dravid replaced him as the captain of the team, which Suresh Raina revealed was one of the reasons behind the tension between some senior players. The former left-handed batsmen informed that even though Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Rahul Dravid would try and maintain a positive environment in the team, there was occasional unrest.

After his ouster from the team in 2005, Sourav Ganguly was replaced by Rahul Dravid as India captain. (Getty Images)
After his ouster from the team in 2005, Sourav Ganguly was replaced by Rahul Dravid as India captain. (Getty Images)

“So, it was the accumulation of all these factors that led to the occasional unrest among the seniors. It was a transitional period for the team. Not every junior player felt comfortable in that situation. But my relations with Rahul Bhai were very good.”

Former Indian cricket captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly always maintained that the “biggest setback” of his career was when he was stripped of his captaincy and eventually dropped from the national side in 2005. Many senior cricketers, including Sourav Ganguly, have talked about the period when India was coached by Australian Greg Chappell and his strained relationship with others in the team.

Sourav Ganguly, also fondly known as ‘Dada’, made his comeback in 2006 in India’s tour of South Africa and proved his critics wrong that his best years were gone by. He played some of his best knocks before hanging up his boots in 2008.   He is revered as one of the best Indian captains for his role in reviving Indian cricket’s image following the match-fixing scandal in 2000.

His brand of fearless and aggressive cricket made India into a force to reckon with in world cricket. Apart from the many milestones and victories that the team chalked up under his leadership, he also led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup. He represented India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, scoring 7,212 and 11,363 runs in the respective formats during his career.

Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell
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Rahul Dravid Was Invested In India Becoming The Best Team But There Was Resistance From Some Senior Players: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell’s tenure as head coach of the Indian cricket team is one of the most controversial chapters in Indian cricket. Greg Chappell was appointed the successor of John Wright but ended up having tumultuous two years as coach. Under him, India suffered a first-round exit in the 2007 World Cup following defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The result was received with a lot of backlashes and the former Australia captain was released from his duty.

Besides the Greg Chappell-Sourav Ganguly saga, plenty of other things happened behind closed doors, some of which were revealed by the likes of former India cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh.

Sachin Tendulkar in his autobiography had revealed how he was shocked when Greg Chappell approached him to become captain of the team a month prior to the World Cup, while Harbhajan Singh termed the former Australia captain as a ‘school headmaster’ for the way he operated and ran things.

Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly (File Photo/BCCI)
Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly (File Photo/BCCI)

Greg Chappell: Rahul Dravid Was Invested In India Becoming The Best Team In The World But Some Seniors Resisted

Now, years later, Greg Chappell has presented his side of the story, revealing details of what transpired in the Indian dressing room during his stint as coach between 2005 and 2007. He explained how Rahul Dravid, the then-captain of the team, wanted India to strive for the best. The former Australian pointed out that he spotted ‘resistance’ in some players, and that did not work well for the team back in the day.

Former Indian head coach Greg Chappell (L), Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid(HT Collage)
Former Indian head coach Greg Chappell (L), Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid(HT Collage)

“Dravid was really invested in India becoming the best team in the world. Sadly, not everyone on the team had the same feeling. They would rather concentrate on being in the team. There was some resistance from some of the senior players because some of them were coming to the end of their careers,” Chappell revealed on Cricket Life Stories Podcast.

After taking over as India’s full-time captain from Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid captained the team in 20 Tests and 62 ODIs. In that period, India had series wins in West Indies, Bangladesh, and, most memorably, England. All that good work, however, came undone when India was infamously eliminated from the 2007 ODI World Cup after the group stage.

Greg Chappell: Many Players Realized If Skipper Sourav Ganguly Can Be Axed Their Places In Squad Is Also Uncertain

Furthermore, the former coach also explained how the axing of Sourav Ganguly first as captain and then from the team, sent a message to the senior players about their place in the Indian team, but it all stopped when the former captain returned to the XI ahead of India’s tour of South Africa in late 2006. The ‘resistance’ which Greg Chappell mentioned, played a role in him leaving his role as India coach.

“When Sourav got dropped from the team, we had a lot of attention from the players, because they realized if he can go, anyone can go. We had a great 12 months, but then the resistance got too much, Ganguly came back into the team. The message from the players was loud and clear – ‘We don’t want change.’ Even though the board offered me a new contract, I decided that I did not need that kind of stress,” Chappell added.

 Sourav Ganguly played his final Test vs Australia in Nagpur in 2008 (PTI Photo)
Sourav Ganguly played his final Test vs Australia in Nagpur in 2008 (PTI Photo)

Consequently, due to his poor form and differences with the coach, Sourav Ganguly was dropped as the captain of the team, with Rahul Dravid taking his place. Ten months later, during India’s tour to South Africa, Sourav Ganguly was recalled after his middle-order replacements suffered poor form.

Sourav Ganguly made his comeback in 2006 in India’s tour of South Africa and proved his critics wrong that his best years were gone by. He played some of his best knocks including a maiden Test double ton before hanging up his boots in 2008.

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Australia No Longer The Best At Identifying Talent: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian skipper believes Australia is no longer the best at identifying talent and that the country has lost the bragging right of calling itself the best at it.

While Greg Chappell had a controversial run as the head coach of Team India, the former Australian captain had earlier praised the visitors after their stunning and historic 2-1 Test series win versus Australia to retain the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)
File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)

Greg Chappell: Australia Have Lost Position As The Best At Identifying Talent As England And India Are Doing Better Than Australia

Greg Chappell opined other countries like England and India have taken over.

“I think we’ve already lost our position as the best at identifying talent and bringing it through. I think England is doing it better than us now and India is doing it better than us,” Greg Chappell told cricket.com.au.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

During the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India fought back after losing the first Test to win the series 2-1, almost with second and third-string teams. The side was plagued with injuries to its key players in each department and was also without regular talismanic skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test.

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.

Greg Chappell: Indian Second String Players Have Played For India A Throughout The World Whereas Australia Had Picked Cricketers From Domestic Tournaments

Greg Chappell admitted the remarkable Test series victory bore testament to India’s highly effective player development system. On that tour, every youngster put their hand up and put his best foot forward.

“When you look at the Indian team that played in the Brisbane Test that had three or four fresh players, and everyone said, ‘This is India’s second XI’ – those guys had played (extensively) for India A,” said Chappell.

“And in all sorts of different conditions, not just in India. So when they get picked, they’re not tyros at all, they’re quite hardened international cricketers.”

Cameron Green
Cameron Green of Australia (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Australian debutants Will Pucovski and Cameron Green had limited experience playing outside their home country.

“We picked Will Pucovski out of Shield cricket. Will has hardly had a game outside Australia. That’s the difference,” Chappell pointed out.

India’s next Test assignment is the tour to England. They will first play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts England.

After a tough home loss to India, the Australian men’s side were due to head to South Africa for three Tests, however, that series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The limited-overs tour of New Zealand for five T20s still took place, with the Black Caps prevailing 3-2.

Australia is set to make a belated trip to Bangladesh later this year for their first tour since 2017. Not for the Tests originally scheduled as part of the World Test Championship, but instead for T20Is intended as warm-ups for the T20 World Cup meant to be hosted by India soon afterwards. Bangladesh is also to host England for white-ball games ahead of the T20 World Cup, meaning a triangular series may be arranged.

Pat Cummins, Ashes 2019
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Pat Cummins Would Love To Captain Australia But Haven’t Got Much Experience

Pat Cummins has explained that he is open to the idea of leading the Australian team in the future. But the pacer was quick to admit that he needs to gain some experience in that regard before taking up the new role.

Australia recently suffered a 2-1 series defeat against an injury-ridden Indian side in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following which Tim Paine’s captaincy was criticized by experts.

Pat Cummins.
Pat Cummins. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Pat Cummins Haven’t Got Too Much Experience Of Captaining

Since then, several former cricketers and cricketing experts have called for Tim Paine to step down as the captain of the Australian Test team. Pat Cummins, who is presently Tim Paine’s deputy in Test squad, is in line to be the next Aussie skipper in the longest format of the game.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

When asked if he would like to captain the Australian Test team, Pat Cummins responded that he would love to do so but he hasn’t got much experience as he has captained a few warm-up games previously only apart from captaining Under-16 side.

“Absolutely – at the moment I haven’t got too much experience at all, just a couple of warm-up games in England and other than that it’s Under-16s cricket when I last captained. So for sure it’s something that’s going to be more on the radar. Even to increase my experience as vice-captain if I ever need to step in or help out Painey or Finchy, I think it is something I’d like to have a crack at to find out either way, whether I enjoy it, whether I’m no good at it or whether I find it manageable.”

Greg Chappell, former Australian cricket captain threw his support behind Tim Paine as he claims that it is still not the time to be jettisoning Australia’s captain. Tim Paine’s captaincy and wicketkeeping were thrown into the spotlight and were criticized following last week’s shock 2-1 series loss to an injury-hit second-string India.
Michael Clarke had questioned national selector Trevor Hohns for not finding anything wrong with current skipper Tim Paine’s leadership as he was retained as skipper for South Africa Tests which was postponed later. Mitchell Johnson backed skipper Tim Paine to continue as Australia’s captain, and believed that calls for him to be dropped are “ridiculous.”

Pat Cummins Admits Changes Needed In His Game If Handed Captaincy Role

Pat Cummins also reflected on the fact that he needs to alter his game if he is indeed handed the captaincy role. The pacer insisted that he currently tones down his mental focus scale when he is not bowling. But that can’t be the case if he is the skipper as he always has to be mentally switched on.

“I think that would be the big one, at times, just the nature of not having to totally switch on, you take the opportunity to switch off. That’d probably be the biggest change, but whether that’s a dealbreaker or not, I’d have to try it first I think. Naturally you try to stay pretty involved in a game, so always thinking about the game in the background. Just taking that extra step to be a decision-maker, it might be a small step or a big step, but keen to give it a crack and see how it goes,” Pat Cummins added.

Pat Cummins.
Pat Cummins. Image Credit: Getty Images.
Australia’s three-match Test tour of South Africa was postponed over coronavirus fears. As a result, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final. However, Australia can still reach the showpiece event at Lord’s later this year, depending on the outcome of the India-England series.
Mitchell Starc, Tim Paine, Australia vs India 2018/19
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This Is Not The Time To Jettison Tim Paine: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian cricket captain has thrown his support behind Australian keeper and skipper Tim Paine, with the Test legend claiming that it is still not the time to be jettisoning Australia’s captain.

Tim Paine’s captaincy and wicketkeeping were thrown into the spotlight and were criticized following last week’s shock 2-1 series loss to India after two poor day-five performances against injury-hit India.

Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell: This Is Not The Time To Jettison Tim Paine As He’s Still The Best Keeper In Australia And Averaged Over 40 In India Test Series

The 36-year-old keeper is almost certain to lead Australia to South Africa next month if the tour goes ahead, but it has not stopped questions being asked externally. While Tim Paine put down three crucial chances in Sydney and another late in Brisbane, former Test captain Greg Chappell said Australia must stand by their man.

“This is not the time to jettison Tim Paine,” Chappell said.

“He’s still the best keeper in the country and he’s still averaged 40 in the Test series. Okay, he didn’t have great games in the last two Test matches behind the stumps. But you can’t overestimate how hard four Test matches in a row are, particularly for fast bowlers, and especially for a wicketkeeper-captain. It’s an enormous workload and he probably suffered a little bit from the fact that he was pretty knackered by the end.”

Tim Paine.
Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Despite regular questions over his batting, Tim Paine’s average of 32.63 remains the third-highest of all Australian wicketkeepers. Under his leadership, Australia have retained the Ashes and won 11 of 23 matches, but have now dropped two successive home series to India.

But with no other Test series scheduled up until the Ashes (except perhaps a one-off Test against Afghanistan), failure to win against the Proteas may well tempt the selectors into dropping the wicket-keeper-batsman.

Pat Cummins Front Runner To Replace Tim Paine But No Bowler Has Been Skipper Since 1964

Bigger questions remain over who could replace him, given Pat Cummins is the front-runner but no bowler has been the fulltime skipper since Richie Benaud in 1964.

Pat Cummins.
Pat Cummins. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Greg Chappell meanwhile finds it harder to come up with a solution for the Test team’s middle order. Matthew Wade has failed to reach 50 in his past 14 innings, while the Big Bash through the middle of the summer means no batsmen have been able to press their claims.

“I don’t think there are many (solutions), to be honest,” Chappell said.

“They’re going to have to do something but it’s going to be a bit of guesswork involved. I’m certainly not critical of the bowlers, I’m not overly critical of Tim. I think our batting certainly let us down.”

Travis Head averages 39.75 playing 19 Tests while Matthew Wade scored 173 runs in 4 Tests averaging 21.62. Travis Head scored 62 runs in 2 Tests averaging only 20.66.

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Greg Chappell Hails India After Historic 2-1 Test Series Triumph Down Under

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.
Greg Chappell. Photo Credit: AFP.

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.

Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane

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.

Tim Paine.
Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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.

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Captain Tim Paine Expected To Uphold Highest Standards: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian cricketer penned down an open letter for current skipper Tim Paine after the latter was involved in a controversy during the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

During the final day’s play in the 3rd Test at Sydney, he had a verbal war with Ravichandran Ashwin and resorted to abuses. Tim Paine, thereafter, apologized admitting that he got a bit carried away in the heat of the moment.

Greg Chappell.
Greg Chappell. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Greg Chappell: It’s Always An Honour To Represent Country And Privilege To Lead The Team

Greg Chappell, who had represented Australia in 87 Tests and 74 ODIs, said that being a skipper, Tim Paine needs to lead from the front and not get overawed by the situation. The veteran mentioned that being the skipper of a team comes with a massive responsibility on shoulders.

“It is always an honour to represent the country and it is a huge privilege to be invited to be the captain,” Chappell’s letter in the Sydney Morning Herald read.

Tim Paine, Ravi Ashwin
Tim Paine, Ravi Ashwin. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“The captain is expected to uphold the highest standards, through his actions and restraint even under extreme pressure. I failed to do this 40 years ago and I urge you to bear this in mind for the future,” he stated.

Greg Chappell, who scored 27 tons and 45 fifties for the Aussies in his 13-year long career, asked Tim Paine to show some character.  The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Tim Paine got into a bitter verbal spat on Day 5 of the Test match. Tim Paine’s banter behind stumps was picked up by the stump microphone, with many experts and commentators condemning his unsportsmanlike behaviour.

The Aussie skipper Tim Paine dropped as many as three catches on the 5th day’s play, as he failed to lead his side to victory in the third Test. The 36-year-old was also fined 15% of his match fee after being found guilty of dissent for appealing to umpire Paul Wilson after a review didn’t go the hosts’ way on Day 3.

Greg Chappell: Abuse Isn’t Acceptable And Doesn’t Show Strength But Displays Weakness Of Character

The 72-year-old Greg Chappell from South Australia told Tim Paine to show his attacking instinct with cricketing prowess. In the 4th Test, he scored exactly 50 in Australia’s 1st innings score of 369 while India are 62/2 before rain stopped play.

“Abuse is not acceptable in any workplace and talk, in my opinion, is cheap. It does not show one’s strength. Rather, it displays a weakness of character,” Chappell mentioned.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“I urge you to impress on the team to let the bat and ball do the talking and set better examples to millions of impressionable little boys and girls, lest they start imitating the worst instincts and actions of their sporting heroes. This will be the greatest legacy that you can leave,” Chappell added.

Tim Paine has been leading the Australian Test team since the infamous ball-tampering scandal back in March 2018 at the Newlands in Cape Town. He was the skipper in the limited-overs formats as well only to be replaced by Aaron Finch later on after being defeated by England 5-0 in ODIs. The infamous ball-tampering scandal saw a year-long ban for then skipper Steve Smith and David Warner who were also stripped of the captaincy.

Greg Chappell Includes Two Indian Players In His Most Exciting Test XI
Greg Chappell. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Greg Chappell Includes Two Indian Players In His Most Exciting Test XI

Former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell, who had a controversial coaching stint with the Indian team, has named the most exciting Test XI of the past six decades. Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag are the only two Indian cricketers to get a place in his team while Kohli is the only cricketer, who is currently playing the game of cricket.

In a column for Sydney Morning Herald, Greg Chappell sang the praise of Virat Kohli for his uncountable impactful innings for India in the extended format.

He considered Sachin Tendulkar for including in his batting line up but decided to go with Virat Kohli at number five. The reason for his decision to go with Kohli is that the Indian batsman shouldered the expectations of over a billion people whenever he walked out to bat.

Virender Sehwag is the opening batsman while Virat Kohli placed at number five in Greg Chappell’s Test XI

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Virat Kohli (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

For the opening position, Chappell went with former India batsman Virender Sehwag at the top of the order. He has selected Colin Milburn, who played nine Tests for England in the 1960s before tragically losing his eyesight, as the former Indian opener’s partner.

Greg Chappell named two West Indies greats that are Sir Vivian Richard and Sir Garfield Sobers while made the latter as the captain of his team.

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Adam Gilchrist. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The line-up also features Adam Gilchrist, with Chappell choosing former India captain MS Dhoni as his back-up wicketkeeper. Graeme Pollock, South Africa’s great, who has played 23 Tests, has also made the cut in Chappell’s team.

In the bowling department, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson, who were the legends of their era, has been named in the playing XI.

Greg Chappell’s most exciting Test XI: Virender Sehwag, Colin Milburn, Sir Vivian Richards, Graeme Pollock, Virat Kohli, Sir Garfield Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Reuters.
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Holding Grudges Might Be Pointless And I Don’t Think Things Will Get Personal: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper said tension and emotions will flare during the much-anticipated 4 match Test series but stressed he doesn’t expect things to get personal as there is a lot of mutual respect and admiration between the two teams post Covid-19.

Virat Kohli is expecting a more friendly but extremely competitive Test series this time around in Australia although he has been involved in some of the most heated on-field banters when the two sides India and Australia met in Test matches in the recent past.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Virat Kohli: Holding Grudges Might Be Pointless As There Is More Respect On Field

Virat Kohli who once famously said his ‘friendship with Australia cricketers was over’ after a heated series at home in 2017. However, the India skipper on Wednesday said he has realized after the pandemic-hit year that “holding grudges” is pointless.

He was asked about how his equation and involvement with Australia has changed in the recent past. Virat Kohli acknowledged that the contribution of the Indian Premier League (IPL) helped him get to know the opposition better as several Australians too participate in the extravagant league. He also stressed the fact that it’s important to maintain the dignity of sport and manage to keep tensions and emotions in check and control.

“This year has made people realize a lot of things which might not have been necessary in the past,” Virat Kohli said while speaking to the press on the eve of the Adelaide Test.

“Holding grudges might be pointless. Don’t think things are going to be as personal as they used to be. We are contributing to a larger cause.”

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Virat Kohli In IPL (Image Credit: IPL)

“I feel there is much more respect on the field. There is going to be tension, emotions flaring. I don’t foresee anything getting personal anymore. But I don’t see the quality of cricket dropping.”

“You have to maintain the dignity of the sport but you also have to understand that there are two quality sides going at each other. On the field, things are going to be competitive. Definitely going to be as competitive as it has always been.”

Australian captain Tim Paine and Indian skipper Virat Kohli were involved in a heated exchange at Perth Test while India toured Australia in 2018-19. The respective captains were seen exchanging words after Virat Kohli decided to field close to the non-striker and umpire Chris Gaffaney had to step in.

Virat Kohli Likens Team India’s Character To ‘New India’

Virat Kohli also said his and his team’s character is a representation of the “New India” when asked about his attitude, that the Australians claim is more Australian than Indian. Greg Chappell credited his aggressive mindset and said the same that he displays positive vibes on the field which makes him look like his countrymen.

“The way my personality and character is, I am the representation of new India. For me, that’s how I look at it. In my mind, it’s not (about) being compared to the Australian mindset as such. It’s how we have started to stand up as the Indian cricket team and my personality has been like this from day one,” Kohli said.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli- Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“The new India takes up challenges and is filled with optimism and positivity. We make sure that we are ready for any challenges that come our way.”

Virat Kohli was his aggressive self and displayed positive energy when he led India to a historic maiden 2-1 series win in Australia in 2018-19 which was the last time India toured Australia. The India captain never missed an opportunity to have a friendly banter or confront the Australian players who were without two of their batting mainstays David Warner and Steve Smith during the highly-competitive Test series.

One can expect more of the same, at least in the opening Test which will be a day-night fixture in Adelaide from December 17 where Virat Kohli will be keen on putting up a good show as he will be returning home to expect the birth of the first child and will subsequently miss last three Tests.

Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Virat Kohli Believes He Is The Representation Of New India

Virat Kohli, Indian skipper who will feature in the 1st Test only and will miss the last three Tests declared himself a “representation of new India”, who is forever ready to take up challenges with optimism while responding to Australian Greg Chappell’s view that he is “the most Australian non-Australian cricketer of all time”.

Virat Kohli is usually an aggressive player on the field. He became the most successful Indian captain in the test format leading India to 33 Test wins. He also was the first Indian skipper to win a Test series in Australia as the Indian side dominated the hosts in 2018/19 with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 521 runs and Jasprit Bumrah taking 21 wickets as India won 4 match series 2-1.

Greg Chappell.
Greg Chappell.

Virat Kohli has always been himself:

Looking at Virat Kohli’s demeanour on the field and his authority and passion for success, former Indian coach Greg Chappell levelled him the “most Australian non-Australian” cricketer of all time ever to represent the sport and thanked cricket’s “most important” figure for setting an example with his “all-out aggression”.

On the eve of the first Test match which will be played under lights with a pink ball against Australia, Virat Kohli was asked about his aggressive brand of cricket coupled with positive intent and attitude that the former Australia captain, who also served as India coach, found similar to the mindset of his countrymen back in Australia.

“I would like to say that I have always been myself,” the skipper said during a virtual media conference ahead of the opening Test against Australia here starting Thursday.

“The way my personality and character is, I am the representation of new India. For me, that’s how I look at it,” Virat Kohli asserted.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli-Image: Getty

“In my mind, it’s not (about) being compared to the Australian mindset as such. It’s how we have started to stand up as the Indian cricket team and my personality has been like this from day one” he added.

Virat Kohli is a player who averages over 50 across formats and has been instrumental in all forms of cricket leading India with both batting prowess and as captain. As captain, India have won 33 Tests out of 55 Tests where he led.

Virat Kohli: New India Takes Up Challenges And Is Filled With Positivity And Optimism And Are Ready For Challenges

The new India, according to one of the country’s most-followed and talented sporting icons, is the one that’s not afraid to take up challenges.

“The new India takes up challenges and is filled with optimism and positivity. We make sure that we are ready for any challenges that come our way.”

Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar
Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Facebook)

Virat Kohli has scored 27 test and 43 ODI tons- totalling 70 which means he is the 3rd highest international century getter after legendary batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. His Test best of unbeaten 254 came against South Africa in 2019, and he will look to create new records in the 1st Test match against Australia, which will be a day-night affair at Adelaide. Virat Kohli though will miss last three Tests to attend the birth of 1st child back home.

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