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Tendulkar: Chappell wanted him as India captain

November 3, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former India coach Greg Chappell asked Sachin Tendulkar to replace Rahul Dravid as captain ahead of the 2007 World Cup, the retired cricket great wrote in his upcoming autobiography.

Tendulkar explained how the Australian made the proposal in his book “Playing it My Way,” according to extracts released Monday by the Press Trust of India.

“Together, we could control Indian cricket for years,” the 41-year-old former batsman quotes Chappell as saying.

Tendulkar writes that he was surprised at Chappell’s attitude and by his plans to drop all the senior India players for the tournament.

“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. 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,” Tendulkar has written.

“He stayed for a couple of hours, trying to convince me before finally leaving,” writes Tendulkar, adding that his wife Anjali was shocked to hear Chappell suggest they could control Indian cricket for years.

Tendulkar also writes that Chappell was “intent on dropping all the older players” and even spoke to the Board of Control for Cricket in India about his plans to have a younger team.

Chappell was not liked by senior India players and resigned after the team failed to get past the preliminary league stage of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

India had made the final of the 2003 World Cup with Sourav Ganguly as captain and won the tournament in 2011 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Tendulkar, who was part of all three World Cup sides, retired from international cricket last year with a record 15,921 runs and 51 centuries in 200 tests and 18,426 runs with 49 centuries in 463 one-dayers.

Tendulkar led Indian test and one-day teams between 1996 and 2000 but was never captain of a World Cup squad.

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