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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Disaster at 2007 World Cup

Cricket World Cup media.
India had a golden period around the 2003 World Cup when even in test matches they played to their potential. The loss in the final rankled the team but they put it behind them and continued to go places. John Wright relinquished the position of coach, triggering off a manhunt around the world for the next coach. Greg Chappell was selected after a series of meetings.

Very soon, the Indian team (especially the Senior players) got into a conflict with the Coach about his style of working. The lowest level was reached during the 2007 World Cup when the Indians lost two of the three matches that they played. The only win came against lowly Bermuda when they raked up a huge score of 400+   

Greg Chappell hinted to Sachin and the other senior players that he should retire from the game and give way to youngsters (though he has publicly stated that Ricky Ponting should continue playing for Australia - conflicting suggestions for similar players!!). Sachin Tendulkar was dropped down the order, which didnt go well with him. Despite having three players who had more than 10,000 runs in ODI's, the Indians faltered in their batting displays against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Greg Chappell lost his position while Rahul Dravid continued as the Indian captain.

Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid are no longer part of the Indian setup though Dravid still continues in test matches.      

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