Ganguly said that “If you look back at the 2008 series which happened to be my last, Chappell was present in the Australian team’s support staff. Yet we won the series 2-0. Therefore, I don’t think his presence would make any difference this time, also.”
Chappell will be accountable for making Tendulkar appear mortal to Michael Clarke’s inexperienced attack, although Ganguly said that the Australian batsman never understood the Indian consciousness.
Resentment at Chappell’s recommendation that Ganguly hand the captaincy to Dravid still simmers.
Ganguly said that “He came with some personal vendetta and also lacked foresight. He didn’t want a settled dressing room. He made mistake after mistake, but the then captain Rahul Dravid never had the courage to stop him from his wrongdoing.”
“Rahul Dravid is the sort of person who wanted everything to be good. He recognized that what was happening was wrong but he did not have the guts to rebellion and say that it was wrong because after what happened to me during the Zimbabwe tour, any captain would have wanted to maintain peace in the dressing room which is quite right,” he told recalling Chappell’s supremacy.
“You can say that Greg Chappell’s foresight and thinking was not cricket-oriented. He came here with a personal vendetta and it didn’t work with Indian cricket. His mind used to work in a different way. His rule in life was my way or the highway,” he added.