Tendulkar’s claims are completely false, says Greg Chappell

"I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain"

“I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain”

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Former India head coach Greg Chappell has denied claims by legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar that he wanted to strip Rahul Dravid of the captaincy prior to the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

In his autobiography, Playing It My Way, Tendulkar stated that Chappell came to his house to convince him to take over the captaincy from Dravid.

“The claims made in Sachin’s new book were brought to my attention earlier today,” Chappell toldcricket.com.au. “Whilst I don’t propose to get into a war of words, I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain. I was therefore very surprised to read the claims made in the book.

“During those years, 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 than what was reported in the book.

“We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon together but the subject of captaincy was never raised.”

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