Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has shed light on the unusual and lengthy meetings held by former coach Greg Chappell after sacking Sourav Ganguly as the captain of the Indian cricket team. The appointment of Chappell in 2005 was a rather unfortunate chapter in Indian cricket, sparking one of the most talked-about feuds within the national team between Ganguly and Chappell.
During a conversation with Ganguly on the show ‘15 years of Incredible T20 League’ on Star Sports, Sehwag recalled the extensive discussions during the meetings held by the former Australia cricketer. Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh, who were also part of the segment, burst out laughing after Sehwag’s comments.
India endured a challenging period under Chappell, notably after crashing out in the first round of the 2007 ODI World Cup in West Indies. Senior players were unhappy with Chappell for creating a sense of insecurity within the team. Speculations were rife that he would be sacked as the head coach after the disastrous run in the ODI World Cup.
After Chappell’s contract expired at the end of the World Cup, he did not seek an extension and informed the board president of his decision, citing ‘family and personal reasons’. The controversial reign of the former Australia cricketer came to an end in April 2007.