Chappell dismisses Sachin Claim on replacing Dravid

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New Delhi, Nov 04: Australian cricketer and former India coach Greg Chappell dismissed master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's claim that he wanted Rahul Dravid removed as captain in the Indian team before the 2007 world cup.

"Whilst I do not 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", Chappell told cricket.com.au.

"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," cricket.com.au quoted Chappell as saying.

The statement came after Sachin disclosed that Chappell, who was the Indian coach in 2007, had asked him to take over India's captaincy from Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

"Together, we could control Indian cricket for years," the Australian told Tendulkar during a visit to his home when he offered to "help me in taking over the reins of the side" from Dravid, the master batsman writes in his autobiography "Playing it My Way" due for release on Thursday.

Sachin in his book blames Chappell for the 2007 World Cup debacle, saying Indian cricket was going nowhere under the Aussie. He described him as a "ringmaster who imposed his ideas on the players without showing any signs of being concerned about whether they felt comfortable or not".

This shocking revelation created an uproar in cricketing circles. Reacting to this, Dravid said he was not "privy to any private conversation between two individuals".

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