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Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at the Giants International Awards in Mumbai, on Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Sachin Tendulkar Calls Greg Chappell a ‘Ringmaster’

The legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar slammed former India coach Greg Chappell in his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way,’ describing the coach as ‘ringmaster’ who is not concerned about the players.

Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing it My Way’ will be released worldwide on November 6. In his autobiography, the former Australian cricketer has been mentioned as a "ringmaster who imposed his ideas on the players without showing any signs of being concerned about whether they felt comfortable or not".

He revealed that he got shocking offers from Chappell and said he had been suggested to take over India’s captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies by the coach. Tendulkar writes in his autobiography, "Together, we could control Indian cricket for years", the coach reportedly told Tendulkar during a visit to his home when he offered to "help me in taking over the reins of the side" from Dravid.

He wrote,"Just months before the World Cup, Chappell had come to see me at home and, to my dismay, suggested that I should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid. Anjali (Tendulkar’s wife), who was sitting with me was equally shocked to hear him say that ‘together, we could control Indian cricket for years.”

Tendulkar continued, "I was surprised to hear the coach not showing the slightest amount of respect for the captain, with cricket’s biggest tournament just months away.”

He said though he rejected the proposal put forth by the coach on the spot, Chappell “stayed for a couple of hours, trying to convince me before finally leaving".

However, the claims by the legendary batsman have been rejected by the coach. According to reports, Chappell said, "I never wanted Rahul Dravid to be replaced as India’s captain by Sachin Tendulkar.” He added, "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 then what was reported in the book."

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