Chappell got tired of telling Sehwag the same thing over and over again
Former Australia batsman Greg Chappell, who coached the Indian national team from 2005 to 2007, has revealed that he became extremely infuriated with opening batsman Virender Sehwag’s attitude.
Chappell stated that Sehwag was giving away his “God-given talent”, and that he wanted “the prize, but has been unwilling to pay the price”.
In an article published in The Hindu, Chappell, on one hand, called Sehwag “a loveable rogue” and “the most gifted ball striker” he had ever seen, but, on the other hand, he also had some scathing remarks about the opening batsman.
“To say that Viru (Sehwag) was one of the great frustrations of my time with the team is an understatement, sadly, he continues to disappoint and is in danger of squandering his God-given talent. The person who is least likely to be fazed by all of this is Virender himself,” Chappell wrote.
Chappell also noted that Sehwag lacked discipline since he tried to smash every ball he faced in the nets and during matches, and this dented the plans that Chappell had in store for the flamboyant opener.
“It was only during periods of relative poor form that he was prepared to spend time getting things back on track, as soon as he made some runs he slipped back into old habits and appeared content to practice in the same old profligate way,” Chappell said.
Chappell also mentioned that Sehwag had the skill and intellect to captain the Indian side, but lacked in temperament.
“He seemed more concerned with his strike rate than the bigger picture, he would play shots from the first ball and not stop until he got out, which was often just when the team needed him to go on to a big score,” Chappell added.
Speaking to the media before Australia’s clash with India in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, Chappell said: “If (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and the selectors have decided that enough is enough and that they have a better chance of winning the World Twenty20 without him, I reckon the Australian bowlers will breathe a little easier.”