'Worst days of Indian cricket': Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh slam Greg Chappel over comments on Dhoni
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Australia-based former Indian Cricket coach Greg Chappel has come under fire from former India cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh for reminding the moment when Chappel wanted MS Dhoni to 'play along the ground' instead of trying to hit every ball beyond the boundary.
The debate to settle the matter about India's best finisher closes down to one name -- MS Dhoni. Speaking about the matter to PlayWrite Foundation's Facebook page, the former Australian cricketer said that in a during match in Pune when Dhoni hit his ODI career-best inning of 183 runs, he told Dhoni: ‘Why don’t you play along the ground more instead of trying to hit every ball to the boundary’.
The former Indian spinner hit back at Chappel's statement and said along with a hashtag that under Greg, Indian Cricket had its worst days, as the Coach was playing some 'different games'.
"He asked Dhoni to play along the ground coz coach was hitting everyone out the park.. He was playing different games #worstdaysofindiancricketundergreg," Harbhajan Singh wrote on the micro-blogging website.
The sentiment was also echoed by former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who recalled how Greg Chappel used to advice the formidable Dhoni-Yuvraj pair to 'play down the ground' in the last ten overs instead of hitting the sixes.
"Msd and Yuvi no sixes in the last 10 play down the ground," Yuvraj Singh tweeted.
Msd and Yuvi no sixes in the last 10 play down the ground— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 13, 2020
"Somehow, you've got to find the thrill in being the best finisher rather than one of the best hitters of boundaries and maybe be remembered for some exciting innings, because you could become the best finisher the game has ever seen," Chappel had said to the PlayWrite Foundation.
Greg Chappell's brief stint as the head coach of India was full of turbulent waters, which marked a bitter end during the middle of 2007 ICC ODI World Cup.
Several legendary names of the time had serious on-field issues with Chappel, who would make way for abrupt entries and exits of certain important players without any team-wide consensus.
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